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SQUASH - Int News 07 Jun, 2023

Squash News: WSF finalizes teams for World Junior Championships 2023
Pakistan to take part in only Men’s Individual Event, starting from July 18Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD:-Pakistan will take part in the Men’s Individual Event of the forthcoming World Junior Squash Championship 2023, which will be held from July 18 to 29 at Melbourne Sports Centres (MSAC), Australia under the banner of World Squash Federation (WSF).WSF has confirmed the participating countries. As many as 29 nations will compete for the top honour in the Men’s Individuals Squash Championship while 21 will fight for the top position in the Women’s Individuals fixture. 14 countries will be encountering each other for the title of Women’s Team Championship.Men’s Individual Championship (29 Countries):Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United States of America (USA), ZimbabweWomen’s Individual Championship (21 countries:Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, China, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, USAWomen’s Team Championship (14 countries):Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, England, India,              Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, South Africa.
Taekwondo Federation launches World Taekwondo Federation Care Program
Iram School & College Kahuta hosts program, former cricketer Mohammad Wasim inaugurates  Abdul Jabbar FaisalKahuta:-Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) has launched the 1st World Taekwondo Federation Care Program, as the first program held at Iram Model School & College in Kahuta, Rawalpindi. The primary aim of the program is to raise awareness about self-defense and promote the global sport of Taekwondo among students from rural backgrounds in schools and colleges.Former cricketer and Chairman Selection Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mohammad Wasim graced the occasion as a chief guest. Also, other political figures, sports personalities, parents of children, and other people from the local community participated in the ceremony. President PTF, Col (Retd) Wasim Ahmed Janjua was also present in the ceremony.Former cricketer, Mohammad Wasim said:“Cricket is the most popular sport in Pakistan and the role of young players is important in popularizing this game. There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan, I am happy to see the children's Taekwondo competitions and also encouraged that Pakistan's young talent is coming up in cricket as well as other sports.”“Children should focus on education first and besides, extra-curricular activities including sports should also be included in their own. Talents should be expressed, there are many cricketers including Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, and me who worked hard from a small area and made the country famous at the international level.”Iram Sikandar Janjua said:“The future of Pakistan is in the hands of these innocent children, our country is a reality. Besides a high standard of education, we provide opportunities for our kids in extra-curricular activities. We have got an affiliation with the federal board and we are trying our best to provide sports facilities to our students. Our institute is an icon of education in our territory. We will lift our standard up and up to educate our nation.”On this occasion, the principal, Iram School & College Iram Sikandar Janjua, president of PTF Colonel Wasim Ahmed Janjua International Coach Sadaqat Hussain, president, Kahota Press Club Raja Imran Zameer Janjua, Principal of Government College Professor Mohammad Shabbir Raja, prominent lawyer Raja Mohammad Sattarullah Sardar Imran, besides a large number of fans were present in the gathering. 

SQUASH - National 06 Jun, 2023

Squash News: Finals’ line-up completes of Quaid-e-Azam Championship
Mohammad Ammad to face Anas in U19 final, Azan reaches U15 finalSports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD:-Mohammad Ammad will take on Anas Ali Shah in the Under-19 final of the 1st Quaid-e-Azam National Championship after winning their semifinals at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad on Tuesday. In the first semifinal Mohammad Ammad defeated Mehmood Mehboob with the score-line of 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 while Anas Ali Shah toiled hard in the semifinal to get-rid-of Abdullah Nawaz 3-2 in a well-contested five games thriller. The final score-line was 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, and 11-9.Results:Boys’ U-9 (Quarterfinals)Abdul Moid beat Arshan Aslam 11-2, 11-2, 11-5Atif Ali Naz beat Syed Ali Abbas 11-4, 11-2, 11-3Abdullah Khan beat Huzaifa 11-5, 11-4, 11-6Rayyan Zaman beat Abubakkar 1-5, 9-11, 11-1, 11-5Boys’ U-9 (Semifinals)Rayyan Zaman beat Abdul Moiz 11-6, 11-3, 11-3Atif Ali Naz beat Abdullah Khan 11-6, 11-3, 11-6Boys’ U-11 (Quarterfinals)Ahmed Safwan beat Anas Rafeh 11-6, 11-9, 11-6Ahmed Ali Naz beat Mohammad Mustafa 11-8, 11-7, 11-2Harmas Raja beat Jasim Afridi 11-4, 11-0, 11-3Umer Ashraf beat Ibrahim Ahmed 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6Boys’ U-11 (Semifinals)Harmas Raja beat Ahmed Ali Safwan 11-5, 11-8, 11-7Ahmed Ali Naz beat Umer Ashraf 11-6, 11-3, 11-9Boys’ U-13 (Quarterfinals)Mohammad Fawad beat Ali Amir 11-5, 3-11, 11-8, 11-5Mamoon beat Ahmed Ali 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9Sohail Adnan beat Umer Afzal 11-1, 11-3, 11-4Danish Sikandar beat Malik Mohammad 11-8, 11-6, 11-4Boys’ U-13 (Semifinals)Fawad Khan beat Danish Sikender 11-5, 11-8, 11-7Sohail Adnan beat Mamoon Khan 11-7, 14-12, 11-9Boys’ U-15 (Quarterfinals)Mubeen Khan beat Ahmed Khalil 11-6, 11-5, 12-10Nouman Khan beat Abdul Ahad 11-8, 11-2, 11-7Azan Ali beat Haris Zahid 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8Ibrahim Zeb beat Yahya 11-7, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6Boys’ U-15 (Semifinals)Noman Khan beat Mubeen Khan 11-3, 11-5, 11-9Azan Ali beat Ibrahim Zeb 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4Boys’ U-17 (Quarterfinals)Zaman Khan beat Usman Tahir 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7Ibrahim Mohib beat Obaidullah 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6Abdullah Nadeem beat Shamlan 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5Huraira Khan beat Umair Arif 12-14, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9Boys’ U-17 (Semifinals)Abdullah Nadeem beat Zaman Khan 12-10, 11-9, 11-9Huraira beat Ibrahim Moheb 21-19, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6Boys’ U-19 PSA Event (Quarterfinals)Abdullah Nawaz beat Usman Nadeem 11-2, 11-8, 11-5Mohammad Ammad beat Varun Asif 11-1, 14-12, 11-8Mehmood Mehboob beat Asher Butt 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8Anas Ali beat Anas Dilshad 11-8, 13-11, 11-9Boys’ U-19 PSA Event (Semifinals)Mohammad Ammad beat Mehmood Mehboob 11-7, 11-4, 11-7Anas Ali Shah beat Abdullah Nawaz 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9Girls’ U-15 (Quarterfinals)Sehrish Ali beat Ayesha Shahbaz 11-1, 11-3, 11-4Sunzil Safdar beat Wajeeha Altaf 4-7 (Retired Hurt Ankle injury)Zaynab Fatima beat Anusha Khan 11-3, 11-1, 11-7Rania Qazi beat Maliha 11-9, 11-2, 13-11 21mGirls’ U-15 (Semifinals)Rania Qazi beat Sunzil Safder 14-12, 11-6, 11-4Sehrish Ali beat Zaynab Fatima 11-2, 11-1, 11-1.Girls’ U-19 PSA Event (Quarterfinals)Sana bahadur beat Luiza Aftab 11-6, 11-3, 11-5Mehwish Ali beat Mahnoor Ali 11-6, 11-7, 14-12.

MARTIAL ARTS - Judo 05 Jun, 2023

Judo News: Grand Prix Championship concludes in Dushanbe
Sports Bulletin ReportDushanbe (Tajikistan):-The Grand Prix Judo Championship Dushanbe 2023 has concluded, as the martial-art players enjoyed the game in Dushanbe during entertaining and wonderful competitions.Komronshokh Ustopiriyon vs Eldar AllakhverdievOpposite him to compete for gold, was Eldar Allakhverdiev (AIN). The first shido was given to Allakhverdiev for a false attack. Every single move of Ustopiriyon would initiate hoorahs from the audience, who came in even bigger numbers than on day two of the event. The second penalty was awarded to the local judoka. It is always amazing to see how a contest can go by so fast when you have such an atmosphere in the venue. There were already only 37 seconds left and one shido apiece and then golden score; it all seemed to come at a pace. After 33 seconds, the second penalty was given to Allakhverdiev.Ustopiriyon then had to escape, using his acrobatic skills, from a very dangerous situation. In doing so, he touched the leg of his opponent, receiving a second penalty. During the next exchange, Eldar Allakhverdiev dropped to his knees, while Komronshokh Ustopiriyon remained standing, tachi-waza was still totally valid. The Tajik judoka didn't let the opportunity vanish and launched an uchi-mata for waza-ari, immediately followed by a noisy ovation from the public. It was a third gold for Tajikistan.Final Results (-90 kg)1. USTOPIRIYON Komronshokh (TJK)2. ALLAKHVERDIEV Eldar (AIN)3. KLAMMERT David (CZE)3. HAJIYEV Eljan (AZE)5. GRIGORIAN Aram (UAE)5. MAMATRAKHIMOV Jakhongir (UZB)7. MADZHIDOV Dzhakhongir (TJK)7. MATIJASS Martin (GER)

CLIMBING - Int News 05 Jun, 2023

IFSC News: French teenager, Oriane Bertone wins first gold in World Cup
Sports Bulletin ReportPrague (Czech Republic):-The French teenager girl Oriane Bertone won the first-ever gold medal in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2023 that concluded here on Sunday.France’s 18-year-old climber Oriane Bertone, seeded sixth at the end of the semi-final round, upset the entire field of competitors and took the first World Cup gold medal of her career. On her way to the top of the podium, Bertone flashed two out four boulders, also topping W1 at the second try, and concluding with three tops and four zones.Gold medalist Oriane Bertone said:“I knew that if didn’t try boulder number 4 at my best, my coach would have killed me. I knew I had to take the zone to win, and when I did, I saw my coaches go crazy, but I wanted my competition to be complete, so I had to stay concentrated. It was amazing, one of the best feelings I ever had. I love Flavy, she’s my friend and my teammate, and I’m so happy to be on the podium with her”.French national coach, Nico Jaunel said:“It’s been a great event, and a great season. We have a young team and we work very hard to make these results possible. Today, with Janja Garnbret coming back, it was not easy, so we are very happy to have two athletes on the podium, very happy for them. It’s good to see that our hard work is paying off.”The IFSC World Cup Prague 2023 kicked off a three-week long series of events that will continue in Brixen, Italy, from June 9 to 11, and Innsbruck, Austria, from 14 to 18 June. 

SPORTS NEWS - National 05 Jun, 2023

A tree-plantation drive organized by POA at KPT Sports Complex
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI:-On the occasion of World Environment Day celebrated around the world, a tree- plantation ceremony was organized at KPT Sports Complex in collaboration with Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Environment Commission and Karachi Port Trust.Sarwat Gilani, a well-known actress of Pakistan Television (PTV), Special Olympic Pakistan Chairperson Ronak Lakhani, Environment Commission Member Tehmina Asif, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Manager Sports Major (Rtd) Mehmood Riaz, and other guests planted saplings along with special children on this eve. PTV actress, Sarwat Gilani said:“The increasing environmental pollution is gradually strengthening its grip on our environment. If special attention is not paid to the protection of the city, the harmful effects of pollution will increase shortly. The efforts of the POA Environment Commission for the elimination of environmental pollution, and appeal to the public to do more to achieve a happy and healthy society free from density”.Chairperson of Special Olympic Pakistan, Ronak Lakhani, said:“A pollution-free environment is key for every field including sports. A healthy environment ensures a healthy mind and healthy body and as such we should make efforts both collectively and individually to contribute to drives aimed at controlling pollution.”Tehmina Asif said:“Around 55% of the waste collected in our country daily includes plastic, which is mostly burned and the smoke that rises is very dangerous for human life. Pollution is also very harmful to our aquatic and marine life and also the economy because the employment of millions of fishermen is related to it. We have to protect our sea as well as the land. It is necessary to play our full individual and collective role to protect our water resources and eliminate marine pollution”.Major (retd) Mehmood Riaz said:“KPT is taking great measures to reduce environmental pollution. There should also be a collective effort and every citizen has to be responsible for pollution by any of his actions. Along with talking about the problems, there should also be individual and collective efforts to solve them. Every citizen must be responsible for their actions which cause pollution”.

CRICKET - Int News 05 Jun, 2023

Devender Kumar voice represents India in Sri Lanka-Afghanistan series
 BIPIN DANIThe ongoing three-match bilateral One Day International (ODI) matches series between hosts Sri Lanka and Afghanistan has an India connection too. One of the five Television commentators is India's renowned Devender Kumar.There have been no visiting commentators from Afghanistan but Devender Kumar has insights of all Afghan players.  Speaking exclusively over his telephone from Hambantota, he says, "I have been commentating on Afghanistan International matches since 2017. I have been to Kabul numerous times. I have been covering their Shpageeza cricket league over the years from Kabul Afghanistan. Some unknown International Commentator recommended my name to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in the year 2017 in Sharjah for the Afghanistan vs Ireland series in 2017 when Mujeeb-ur-Rahman made his debut. Since then I have been regularly commentating on their matches".Devender Kumar has witnessed a near-death experience in the game in Afghanistan. "In 2017, I witnessed a blast near the stadium. It was a harrowing moment for all of us. I realised that a blast had occurred barely 10 yards away from where I was standing". Despite the nightmarish turn of events, Devender decided not to curtail his visit and stayed back till the tournament was over."I am fascinated by the charm of the Afghanistan cricket story.. the struggle involved in.. and how much cricket means to Afghan people". Devender is a full-time cricket and multiple sports commentator. He commentates on Horse Polo, Tennis, Kabaddi, Table Tennis, volleyball, Badminton, Handball, football, Karate, and many other sports as well. With Cricket and Horse Polo being his top priority. He has done around 80 International Cricket matches including Test matches as well. "I have not done a live Commentary on BBC as yet but commentating on Test Match Special on the BBC is my childhood dream". "Growing up as a kid I heard a lot of Commentaries from Sri Lanka on the Radio and it was my dream to visit Sri Lanka and do live commentary. I am amazed by the beauty of Sri Lanka as a country and its wonderful people". "I feel great privilege Commentating on Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan series because it's a wonderful rivalry developing and performance of both teams carry a significant meaning in the lives of common people of both nations, “he signed off. 

SQUASH - National 05 Jun, 2023

Squash News: Anas Ali, Ammad, Asher, and Usman record wins
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD:-Anas Ali Bukhari, Mohammad Ammad, Anas Dilshad, Asher Butt, Usman Nadeem, Mehmood Mehboob, Abdullah Nawaz, and Varun Asif have won their matches of the PSA Squash Tournament after beating their respective opponents here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Monday. Also, the junior matches were played regarding the 1st Quaid-e-Azam National Championship, 2023 at the same venue. As many as 13 age categories competitions were held including Boys’ U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17, and U-19.Results (Boys’ U-9):Abdul Moid beat Azan Zafaryab 11-0, 11-3, 11-0 12min, Huzaifa beat Essa Nafey 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 13 min, Arshan Aslam beat Abdul Hadi 11-3, 11-0 10min, Rayan Zaman beat Abdullah Riaz 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 16min, Abubakar beat Hassan Ali 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 18min, Abdullah Khan 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 14min, Atif Ali Naz beat Abdur Rehman 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3 19 min, Syed Ali Abbas beat Mohammad Nehaal 13-11, 11-4, 11-5 17min.Results (Boys’ U-11):Ibrahim Ahmed beat Salman Adnan 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 12min, Harmas Raja beat Salman Tahir 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 09min, Ahmed Safwan beat Ayan Mehboob 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 20min, Anas Rafeh beat Mustafa 11-3, 11-5, 11-0 14min, Mohammad Mustafa Aziz Ali Naz 11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 18min, Ahmed Ali Naz beat Golden Arif 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 12min, Jasim Afridi beat Mohammad Safder 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 11-9 21min, Umer Ashraf beat Syed Zain Ali 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 25min.Results (Boys’ U-13):Mohammad Fawad beat Faizan Ali 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 22min, Umer Afzal beat Inshal Abbas 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6 20min, Danish Skindar beat Mohammad Ahmed 11-3, 11-0, 11-3 14min, Sohail Adnan beat Itban Rasheed 11-1, 11-5, 11-2 15min, Ahmed Ali beat Shahnawaz 7-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-5 24 min, Malik Mohammad beat Mohammad Sudais Nazir 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 27min, Mamoon beat Amir Adnan 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 20min, Ali Amir beat Zarak Zafaryab 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 15minResults (Boys’ U-15):Ibrahim Zeb beat Arman Ali 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 17min, Noman Khan beat Abdullah Zaman 16min, Abdul Ahad beat Mohammad Rehan 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 18 min, Azan Ali beat Kamran 11-3, 11-3, 11-8 16min, Yahya beat Rehan Bahdur 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 24min, Haris Zahid beat Mustafa Irfan 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 32min, Mubeen Khan beat Hamza Khan 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 18min, Ahmed Khalil beat Mohammad Ali 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 22min.Results (Boys U-17):Obaid Ullah beat Adnan Zaman 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 5-11, 1-4 30min, Mohammad Shamlan beat Abdullah Arsalan 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 18min, Huraira Khan beat Mohammad Furqan 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 14min, Ibrahim Mohib beat Rayan Mohib 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 35min, Zaman Khan beat Sikandar 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 16min, Abdullah Nadeem beat Noor Khan 11-2, 11-2, 12-10 2min, Usman Tahir beat Zohaib Ali 15-13,11-3, 8-11, 11-8 26min, Umair Arif beat Abdul Rehman 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 14minBoys’ U-19 (PSA Event):Anas Ali Bukhari beat Hamza Shoukat 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 20min, Mohammad Ammad beat Mohammad Baber 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 13min, Anas Dilshad beat Nawab Shah 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 19min, Asher Butt beat Zain Anwer 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4 40min, Usman Nadeem beat Azan Khalil 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 20min, Mehmood Mehboob beat Yaseen Khattak 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 45min, Abdullah Nawaz beat Kalim Kifayat 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 21min, Varun Asif beat Khaqan Malik 4-11, 15-13, 11-3, 11-8 16minGirls’ U-15 (Round-I):Ayesha Shahbaz beat Zainab Jilani 11-4, 11-8, 11-1 17min, Maliha beat Aima Fawad 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 12min, Sehrish beat Nimra Rehman 11-6, 11-1, 11-8 14min, Zynab Fatima beat Zayba Zubair 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 19 min, Rania Qazi beat Faiqa 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 10 min, Anusha beat Zymal Khan 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 44min, Sunzil Safdar beat Syeda Sara Ali 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 20min, Wajeeha Altaf beat Bushra 11-2, 11-1, 11-4 13minGirls’ U-19 (PSA Event):Mahnoor Ali beat Amna Malik 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 21min, Mehwish Ali beat Tayyaba Abbas 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 18min, Luiza Aftab beat Zarlish Safdar 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 20 min, Sana Bahadur beat Naheed Faiz 11-3, 11-1, 11-1 16min.

SPORTS NEWS - Futsal 05 Jun, 2023

Futsal News: SA Garden, MRF become champions
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE:-SA Gardens and MRF won the titles of the first PFF Men’s and Women’s National Futsal Cup 2023 at SA Gardens Futsal Field Lahore on Sunday night.In the men's final, Hamza scored the first goal for SA Gardens in the first half, making the scoreboard 1-0. However, Yousaf from LA equalized the score 1-1in the second half, as both finalists retained same score till the final whistle. Asif scored an excellent goal for SA Gardens in extra time to guide his team to historical victory. The final score was 2-1.Earlier, in the women’s final, MRF defeated TWK 5-2 to claim the title of national futsal showpiece. In the first half, Anmol Hira and Ghazala scored a goal each for MRF, putting them in a comfortable 2-0 lead. They maintained their momentum in the second half, with both players scoring another goal each for MRF. However, Dua and Samavia from TWK fought back and scored a goal each trying to equalize the game. But Anmol Hira displayed her exceptional skills once again, completing a hat trick and securing the win for MRF.

CRICKET LGS - LPL 04 Jun, 2023

LPL with the Colombo Strikers will be a great experience: Says Babar Azam
Sports Bulletin ReportColombo (Sri Lanka):-World No.1 batter on One Day International, skipper of Pakistan team right-handed Babar Azam will turn out for the Colombo Strikers in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which will be held in July and August this year 2023.Green Shirts leader, Babar Azam has scored 9201 runs in 260 T20s at an average of 44.02. Babar, who is also one of the first cricketers to join the Harvard Business School's executive education program, along with Pakistan teammate Mohammad Rizwan, recently met up with Colombo Strikers’ owner Sagar Khanna for a candid conversation ahead of the LPL.The player auction for the Lanka Premier League is on 14 June and the Colombo Strikers will hope to sign on some of the most talented players up for grabs. Along with Babar, Matheesha Pathirana, Naseem Shah and Chamika Karunarathne are already included in the squad for the Colombo Strikers. Babar Azam said:“It was great to catch up with Sagar and talk cricket. Sagar is a fantastic person to work with and is quite keen and knowledgeable when it comes to the game of cricket. I hope to have more such conversations and chats with him in the future. The Lanka Premier League with the Colombo Strikers will be a great experience for me and the others I feel with this kind of a management who is always backing the players,.”Sagar Khanna said:“Babar is a superb player and an inspiration to all the youngsters. His batting abilities and captaincy is fantastic and I am very happy that we are working together at the Colombo Strikers. It is always nice to talk cricket with him, and even better when it happens in person,”.