By: Iqbal Ahmed
President: Pakistan Checkers Draughts Association (PCDA)
The future of draughts game is too bright in the Pakistan. At this time, the draughts game is being played only on the domestic basis, just to time pass and enjoyment only. But, in the past, this game was played some time on tournaments basis and even at present the situation is same. Because of non-availability of the sponsors, the draughts game was organised on personal fund basis. Therefore, due to lack of publicity, the draughts game could not get due attention from the public. Some old and senior players play the draughts game on a recreational basis so, new generation is unaware of the importance and significant of the draughts game. This is on record that before the creation and establishment of the Pakistan Checkers Draughts Association (PCDA), there was not the concept of the education and training of the draughts game throughout the Pakistan.
The PCDA is working day and night to develop the draughts game, for this purpose PCDA is distributing free checkers boards to boy and girl students of schools. From September 24, 2017 to October 15, 2017, PCDA also organised training camps in different areas of the Karachi. As, the PCDA only receives funding from persons who share the dreams and ideals of PCDA, PCDA faces big problems to promote and develop the draughts game in Karachi as well as the whole country. PCDA wants to establish a permanent training centre, which is the need of the day, but, due to financial issues, this objective is not yet possible.
At this time, Pakistan has some very good players, who can play on 8x8 as per English rules at GAYP. These players can perform their best performance in any international tournament at any time.
However, no man is an island, and PCDA needs the moral support from all the world's draughts players and organisations in order to see the game grow and prosper in Pakistan.