Pakistan to support youth baseball with new Academies to bounce back from COVID-19 shutdown

Pakistan to support youth baseball with new Academies to bounce back from COVID-19 shutdown
22/07/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped baseball activity and the national governing body is not willing to let the development work done over the last decade fade away.

The Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) is looking to sustain youth development during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Before the global pandemic, baseball was being played in schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan. But now, PBF leaders warn that COVID-19 threatens to halt and even potentially reverse all the progress that the sport has made in the country over the past decade.

PFB President Syed Fakhar Shah has thus proposed to establish a number of Academies to allow younger players to train under the guidance of qualified coaches.

The project aims to open new Academies in the Provinces of Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh. The first Academies are expected to open in three-months time. The project will be coordinated by Shaukut Javed, the PBF Executive Director.

President Fakhar Shah also encouraged clubs and individuals to open baseball training facilities and guaranteed that the PFB would support any initiative with equipment and envoy coaches.