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HOCKEY - Int News 30 Sep, 2023

Asian Games 2023: India beat Pakistan 10-2 to qualify for semifinal
Sports Bulletin ReportHangzhou (China): India beat Pakistan 10-2 in the pool match of the ongoing Asian Games, as the winners have confirmed their berth in the semifinal. The match between Pakistan and Japan will decide the second semifinalist team of the group, as the match will be played on October 2, 2023.The Indian hockey team, which is ranked third in the world, scored two goals in the first quarter of the game against the Pakistan hockey team, which ranked 15th in the world. In the first 8 minutes of the match, Mandeep Singh secured the initial field goal for India, granting them an early advantage. Subsequently, in the 11th and 17th minutes, Harmanpreet Singh further solidified India's position, finding the net from penalty corners. Sumit added to India's tally with a fourth goal, expertly netted in the 30th minute of play. As the match progressed into the third quarter, Harmanpreet Singh showcased his penalty corner prowess once again, scoring in the 33rd and 34th minutes, affirming India's dominance on the scoreboard. In the 38th minute of the game, Mohammad Sufiyan Khan netted a crucial goal for Pakistan via a penalty corner. Just three minutes later, Varun Kumar of India demonstrated his prowess with a well-executed field goal in the 41st minute. However, Pakistan swiftly retaliated, securing their second goal in the 45th minute through Rana Abdul Waheed via another penalty corner. India continued to battle fiercely, with Shamsher Singh notching their eighth goal in the 46th minute. Lalit Kumar of India showcased his skills with a field goal in the 49th minute, further solidifying India's position. Varun Kumar stepped up once again for India, sealing their victory with a goal through a penalty corner in the 54th minute.

SQUASH - Int News 30 Sep, 2023

India beat Pakistan 2-1 to clinch a gold medal in Asian Games Squash: Pakistan win Silver
Sports Bulletin ReportHangzhou (China): Top seed Indian team beat Pakistan 2-1 in the Team Event Squash final after a well-contested three match affair to win the gold medal at Sports Club Hangzhou, China on Saturday.In the final, Mahesh Mangaonkar lost the opener before Saurav Ghosal levelled the scores. Abhay Singh persevered in an enticing decider to win his team the top podium. India had also lost 2-1 to Pakistan in the group stage earlier this week.In the final, Mahesh Mangaonkar opened the proceedings for India but struggled against Nasir Iqbal and went down 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-2) in just 11 minutes.Saurav Ghosal then drew India level with a straight-set win in the second match. The Indian squash player trailed in the initial stages of his match but rallied back to beat Mohammad Asim Khan 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-3).In an enthralling decider, Abhay Singh won the first game before losing the next two, as the Indian squash player, however, dug deep to beat Noor Zaman 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10) to clinch the tie in India’s favour. Abhay Singh, 25, saved two championship points in the deciding game to deny Pakistan.
Shahid Hamid Memorial Tennis Tournament 2023 starts in Islamabad
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: The Shahid Hamid Memorial Tennis Tournament has commenced here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC), as over 100 players in different age groups from sister cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad are participating in the tournament.The tournament is being organized in memory of Air Marshal Shahid Hamid Raja (Late) who helped the tennis fraternity and supported the game of tennis.Results:Men’s Singles (Round-I):Hammad Ali bt Ahmed Murad 8-1; Abdullah Shafqat bt Ali Zain 8-4; Taimoor Adil bt Abdul Hadi 8-2; Danish Raza bt Emaddin 8-4; Daisuke Unemi bt Kaleem Zaib 8-4; Mohammad bin Abdul Waheed bt Mamoon Arshad Kiyani 8-3; Osama Janjua bt Rohan Norani 8-1; Idrees bt Qasim Khan 8-3; Haider bt Abdul Rehman Choudhry 8-5;Men’s Doubles (Round-I): Mohammad/Adul Rehman bt Saqib/Idrees 8-6; Daisuke/Yameen bt Behram/Qasim 8-2; Kaleem/Danish bt Raja Asif/Khurram Baig 7-6 (5); Adnan Khan/Saud Masood bt Taimur Adil/Mujtaba 8-4; Zalan Khan/Murtaza Khan bt Haider Ali/Haider Khan 8-0;Ladies Singles (Quarterfinal):Shandana Rabi bt Zara Shabaz 8-3; Zainab Ali Raja bt Ayesha Masood 8-2; Dana bt Amna 8-3; Fatima Ali Raja bt Zara Lawangin 8-6; Boys’ U-14 (Quaterfinals):Sameer Masood bt Awais 6-3; Salman Khan Niazi bt Mohammad Ali Izzat 6-3; Orhan Sohail bt Moazam Baber 6-1; Amar Masood bt Raja Mohammad Taha 6-2;

TENNIS - Int News 30 Sep, 2023

ITF Seniors Tennis Championship: Hameed-ul-Haq reaches in quarterfinal
Sports Bulletin ReportPattaya (Thailand): Former Davis Cupper and veteran tennis player Hameed-ul-Haq advanced into the Quarterfinals of 60+ Singles Event of the ITF Seniors’ Tennis Championship 2023 after eliminating Russian opponent Yurli Kudinove in straight sets 2-0 at Pattaya, Thailand. The final score-line was 6-3, and 6-4.Hameed will face third seed Amercian man Kavin West in the quarterfinal at the same venue in the 60+ singles age category of ITF seniors championship.

SQUASH - Int News 29 Sep, 2023

Pakistan, India set to meet in Asian Games Team Event Squash final
Green Shirts defeat Hong Kong 2-1, India lads oust defending champions Malaysia 2-0Khurram Shehzad AwanHangzhou (China): Pakistan and gold medalist of 2014 Asian Games India set to meet in the ongoing Asian Games Squash Event final on Saturday, as Pakistan overcame Hong Kong 2-1 in the first semifinal while India defeated defending champions Malaysia 2-0 in the second semifinal here at Squash Court, China on Friday.Nasir Iqbal and Noor Zaman won their matches and are set to play the final, as the medal has been confirmed for Pakistan in the Asian Games 2023. Indian duo Saruve Ghosal and Abhay Singh registered a win in the semifinals. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan defeated India in a Pool match a couple of days back at the same venue.  Results (Men’s Team Event):Pakistan beat Hong Kong (2-1)Nasir Iqbal beat Tsz Hin Kwan (3-0) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (26 minutes)Noor Zaman beat Chi Hin Henry Leug (3-1) 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (43 minutes)Mohammad Asim Khan beaten by Tsz Kwan Lau (3-2) 8-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4 (63 minutes)India beat Malaysia (2-0):Saurav Ghosal beat Eain Yow NG (3-1) 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3 (69 minutes)Abhay Sungh beat Mohammad Addeen (3-1) 11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 (57 minutes)

SQUASH - Int News 29 Sep, 2023

Pakistan overcome Kuwait 3-0 in Asian Games Squash Event
Nasir, Noor Zaman, and Mohammad Asim win matches to take team to the top in PoolKhurram Shehzad AwanHangzhou (China): All three players, Nasir Iqbal, Noor Zaman Khan, and Mohammad Asim Khan showcased sparkling performances against Kuwait to take the Pakistan team to the top in the Pool in the squash Team Event of the Asian Games 2023 at Squash Court, Hangzhou China on Thursday.Results (Men’s Team Event):Pakistan beat Kuwait (3-0)Nasir Iqbal beat Mohammad Falah (3-2) 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-0 (42 minutes)Noor Zaman beat Ammar Altamimi (3-1) 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11 (36 minutes)Mohammad Asim Khan beat Abdullah Al-Mezayen (3-0) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (39 minutes)Results (Women’s Team Event):Macao beat Pakistan (2-1):Weng Chi Yeung beat Noor-ul-Ain Ijaz (3-0) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (23 minutes)Mehwish Ali (Pakistan) beat Wai Leng Yeung (3-2) 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (43 minutes)1Kwei Chi Liu beat Noor-ul-Huda Sadiq (3-1) 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (27 minutes) 

HOCKEY - Int News 28 Sep, 2023

Paris Olympics 2024: Oman to host FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier
Sports Bulletin ReportLausanne (Switzerland): International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday announced that Oman would host the FIH Olympic Qualifier following the decision to withdraw the hosting of one of the Men’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers from Pakistan due to the recent developments in the governance situation of the Pakistan Hockey Federation.The tournament will be held in Muscat from 15 to 21 January 2024. The other three FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will be played in China (Women’s – 15-21 January 2024) and Spain (Women’s and Men’s – 13-21 January). 6 Women’s and 6 Men’s teams will qualify for Paris 2024 through these FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, for which the participating teams from Oceania and Europe are already known.Australia and the Netherlands (Women’s and Men’s) have already secured their spot at the Paris 2024 hockey Olympic tournaments by winning the 2023 Oceania Cup and EuroHockey Championships respectively, therefore joining hosts France.The Asian Games - being played currently in Hangzhou, China - as well as the upcoming Pan American Games and African Hockey Road to Paris tournament will determine the remaining teams qualifying directly for next year’s Olympics (3 Women’s and 3 Men’s teams) as well as the teams playing the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers. The Paris 2024 hockey Olympic tournaments will take place from 27 July to 9 August next year.

SPORTS NEWS - Int News 28 Sep, 2023

World Combat Games: 130 Saudi Athletes to participate in mega event
Sports Bulletin ReportRiyadh (Saudi Arabia): As many as127 male and female athletes will be presenting home side in the upcoming World Combat Games 2023, which will be held October 20-30 in the capital city of Riyadh.According to details, the Saudi capital will host the competitions in King Saud University Arena, where Saudi athletes hope to win medals with medals from this global sporting event, SPA reported.The Saudi teams comprise 87 male athletes, 40 female athletes, and 56 technical and administrative staff. Host athletes will compete in 12 sports including Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Sambo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu.
World Cup 2023: All teams confirm 15-man squad for mega cricket event
Sports Bulletin ReportDubai (UAE): The squads for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India have been locked in ahead of the tournament opener between England and New Zealand on 5 October.India will be looking to become the fourth consecutive host nation to win the tournament, a run which began when they lifted the trophy themselves in 2011. Their 15-man squad will be captained by Rohit Sharma.Defending champions England, welcome back Ben Stokes, who has come out of ODI retirement as his side look to retain the trophy, while Kane Williamson will be hoping to win his fitness battle having been named to lead 2019 runners-up New Zealand.Afghanistan squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Reyaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah Zurmati, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, Ikram Ali Khil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan Arman, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad Lakanwal, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Naveen ul Haq Murid.Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.England squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav.Netherlands squad: Scott Edwards (c), Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.Sri Lanka squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.

HOCKEY - Int News 28 Sep, 2023

Green Shirts stun Uzbekistan 18-2 in Asian Games Hockey Match
Ahmed nets an impressive five goals, Waheed and Afraz contribute three goals each  Sports Bulletin ReportHangzhou (China): Pakistan hockey team stunned Uzbekistan by 18-2 in the Pool Match of the ongoing Asian Games 2023 hockey event in Hangzhou, China on Thursday.Pakistan hockey team's formidable form persisted as they clinched a commanding victory over Uzbekistan, triumphing by a resounding eighteen goals to two in their third pool match. Right from the outset, Pakistan established their dominance on the field, relentlessly slotting consecutive goals.Impressively, they have amassed a total of 34 goals across their three pool encounters thus far. Arbaaz Ahmed showcased his scoring prowess by netting an impressive five goals, closely followed by Rana Waheed and Afraz, each contributing three goals. Umar Bhatta and Abdul Rehman exhibited their skill with two goals apiece, while Arshad Liaquat, Ruman Khan, and Sufyan Khan each notched one goal in the remarkable performance against Uzbekistan.In the ongoing Asian Games hockey competition, the Pakistan hockey team remains steadfast in their position at the top of the points table, securing victories in all three of their matches thus far. Trailing closely behind is their formidable rival, India, currently holding the second spot, and Japan in third place, both after two matches.The anticipation for an electrifying encounter is building up as the Pakistan hockey team gears up to clash against their arch-rivals, India, in their upcoming fourth pool match scheduled for September 30 and set to play at 15:45 pm (PST) in the evening.The competition boasts a total of twelve participating teams, segregated into two competitive pools. Pool A comprises teams from India, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan, while in Pool B, the challenging lineup includes teams from Korea, Malaysia, China, Oman, Thailand, and Indonesia.