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Others24 Apr 2020

IFSC European Championships Rescheduled
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD (April 24, 2020):-The 2020 IFSC European Championships in Moscow (RUS) have been officially rescheduled in October. The championships, which were initially supposed to take place from March 20 to 27, had been previously moved to the month of June, but due to the growing complications caused by the pandemic of COVID-19, the event was forcedly postponed a second time. However, IFSC Europe, alongside the IFSC Sport Department and the Climbing Federation of Russia, kept working tirelessly throughout these very hard times, in order to find the best and safest solution for athletes, team officials, organisers, volunteers and fans, and finally set the appointment from October 1 to 8. The competition will award two quota places for Tokyo 2020 – one per gender, and the selection of the athletes that will battle for the Olympic slot in the Combined Qualifier will be based on their results within the three disciplines. The IFSC European Championships in Moscow will be the second continental championships organised in 2020, after the Pan American one was held in Los Angeles (USA) from February 24 to March 1, qualifying Canada’s Alannah Yip and United States’ Colin Duffy for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. IFSC President Marco Scolaris said: “I’m sure the IOC won’t mind if I borrow their motto for a moment: hope lights our way! Despite the fact that we live on a day-by-day basis, it is important to keep working for the future, in order to be ready when better days will come. The new dates of the European Championships are definitely a sign of hope and no surrender.” CFR President Dmitry Bychkov said: “We are all hoping for the best, and we are ready - with a successful combination of circumstances - to produce every effort and deliver the competition at the best possible level. All of us, organisers and fans, are willing to be finally able to see the best European athletes compete in Moscow.”

Others09 Apr 2020

SBP launches 70 new Sports Development Projects in Punjab
SB News LAHORE (April 9, 2020): Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti chaired an important meeting regarding Sports Development Projects 2020-21 at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, Director Admin JavedChohan, Deputy Director Planning Rauf Bajwa, Director PMU AkramSoban and other officials attended the meeting. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh briefed the meeting about various aspects of the development sports projects. Addressing the meeting, Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said as many as 70 new Sports Development Projects will be launched under the new Development Programme. “The construction work on 100 sports projects will be completed under the Soft Sports Project besides initiating work on Phase-II projects”. Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti directed the concerned officials to complete the remaining work on under-progress sports projects as early as possible. “The prime objective of new Sports Development Projects is to promote sports culture in the province in an effective manner. We have plenty of sports talent across the province and our young talented players will further flourish their potential through professional training,” he added. Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, on this occasion directed the concerned officials to prepare the upgradation plan of Nishtar Park Sports Complex. Briefing the meeting, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, on this occasion said that the new sports schemes will help a lot the talented players to polish their sports skills. “In this way our youth belonging to far flung areas of the province will get top level sports facilities near their homes,” he added.  

Others26 Mar 2020

International Netball events postpone
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (March 26, 2020):-The International Netball Bodies have postponed the all upcoming three International Netball Events owing to Corona virus outbreak in the World. President, Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF), Mudassar Arain told to media persons that the International Netball Bodies had postponed three International Netball Events due to Corona virus epidemic in the World, including Asian Women’s Netball Championship, Asian Men’s Netball Championship and World Under-15 Girls’ Netball Championship. “The Asian Women Netball Championship-2020 was to be held at Korea from 19-26 June, which now will be played in December-2020 and Twelve countries will take part in the event including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore, India, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipe, Pakistan  and Brunie, “he divulged. He further revealed that the Asian Men’s Netball Championship-2020 had also been postponed which was to be held at Singapore from 29th April to 5th May 2020. Now it would be in December -2020. “Teams from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore, India, Thailand, Pakistan and Brunie will be fight for the top position.  International Girls Under-15 Netball Championship-2020 has been cancelled which to be held at Melbroune, Australia from June 29, to July 5, 2020 and the date will be announced later, “he added. Mudassar further said that PNF had already postponed all netball activities in the country due to Corona Virus situation till April 15, on the special instructions of government and Pakistan Sports Board.

Others10 Mar 2020

National Amateur Golf Championship 2020 tees off on Thursday
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (March 10, 2020):-The Tournament Director, Ali Haider announced on Tuesday that 59th National Amateur Golf Championship would be teed off on Thursday (March 12) at Islamabad Club Gold Course (ICGC), as the top amateur golfer would take part in the 4-day fixture. While unfolding the details of the championship in a press conference at Islamabad Golf Club, Ali Haider further said that the Jayewardena Team Trophy would be played at same venue between hosts Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “Also, we have invited other countries for the international events but they are hesitating to travel owing the coronaviras. Sri Lanka organizes Zia-ul-Haq international event in Colombo while Pakistan Jayewardena Team event, “he further said. Responding to a question he said that the championship would be played in three categories including Amateur Men’s Individual, Senior Men’s Individual and Amateur Ladies’ Individual respectively over 72, 54 and 54 holes. “The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Lt. General Nadeem Raza will be chief guest at the closing ceremony on March 15 to disburse the prizes among the players, “he said. “Inter-Association golf tournament will also be played at ICGC and five teams will compete for the top honour. Besides hosts Federal Golf Association, Balochistan Golf Association, Sindh Golf Association, Khyber Pakhtoon Kawa (KPK) Golf Association and Punjab Gold Association’s players will show the golf skill in the national golf showpiece., “Ali Haider replied another question. He told to reporter on this eve that Taimoor Khan, Rimsha Ijaz, Col (Retd) Rustam Ali Chatta would defend their title, as they were winners of the 58th edition that was held in Lahore in 2019. “Islamabad Golf Club course is ready to host this event, however, we may take the decision according to weather conditions. We are going to start electronic scoring system first time in Pakistan, “he concluded.        

Others03 Mar 2020

Women Sports Festival at Pakistan Sports Complex
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD (March 3, 2020):-Taekwondo, Netball and Hockey competitions were decided in a  week long Women’s Sports Festival at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Tuesday. In the taekwondo weight 49 Kg event, Fatima got first position, Esha obtained second position, Sidra secured third position and Ayesha bagged fourth position. Director General, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Amina Irman graced the occasion as chief guest. Deputy Director General PSB, Mohammad Azam Dar and Assistant Director(Women), Shazia Ejaz and other peoples were also present on the occasion. Amina Imran said that Pakistan Sports Board was organizing a week long Women Sports Festival on the special instructions of the Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, Dr. Fahmeeda Mirza in connection with World Women Day. The concluding ceremony of Festival would be held on March 8 at Rodham Hall on World Women Day. In the Netball event, PSB Eleven defeated ISWA by 15-11 goals. Skina and Karima scored 8 and 7 goals for the winning team respectively while Hura scored 6 goals and Darkhata scored 5 goals for runner up team. Shaheen Tahira was the chief guest on the occasion and President, Pakistan Netball Federation, Mudassar Arain also present.  In the Hockey match, Islamabad Star defeated Rawalpindi Star by 7-5 goals. Sidra and Chman scored 4 and 3 goals for Islamabad Star while Saira and Asma scored 3 and 2 goals for the loser team respectively. Baseball and Table Tennis events will be played on Wednesday.

Others01 Mar 2020

National Netball Championship: WAPDA overwhelm
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (March 1, 2020):-Pakistan WAPDA have won the both Men and Women titles of National Netball Championship at Hameedi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Sunday. Pakistan Army got 3rd position in the Women’s events while Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spotted at third place in the Men’s event. Syed Wajid Bukhari, Ex- Federal Minister was the chief guest and gave away trophies, medals and certificates to players and teams. President, Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF), Mudassar Arain, Senior Vice President, Malik Sameen Khan, Secretary General, Syed Gohar Raza, Secretary General, Pakistan Throwball Federation, Maqbool Arian and a large number of peoples were also present on the occasion. Results (Men’s Event): Pakistan WAPDA beat Pakistan Army 28-23 Women’s Event Pakistan WAPDA beat Sindh 24-15 Third position fixtures: Pakistan Air Force beat Pakistan Navy 35-33 Pakistan Army beat Punjab by 29-10  

Others29 Feb 2020

Women Sports Week kicks off on March 2, 2020
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD (February 29, 2020):-Chairman, Organizing Committee,  Mohammad Azam Dar, who is also the Deputy Director General, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) announced on Saturday that 11 sports disciplines would be the part of Women’s Sports Week, which would be kicked off on March 2, 2020 at Pakistan Sports Complex under the banner of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). He further said that all arrangements had been finalized in the Organizing Committee Meeting that held on Saturday at Conference Hall of PSB and it was decided that 11 sports disciplines would be the part of women sports showpiece including Tennis, Hockey, Taekwondo,  Netball,  Baseball,  Table Tennis, Volleyball,  Judo, Swimming, Football and Soccer Futsal. According to scheduled, the Tennis and Hockey events will be played on March 2, at Tennis Court  and Outer Track ground respectively while Taekwondo and Netball on March 3 at Biomechanics Lab. and Rodham Hall respectively.   On March 4, Baseball and Table Tennis will be held at Baseball Ground and Rodham Hall respectively, Volleyball on March 5 at Hameedi Hall, Judo on March 6 at Biomechanics Lab, Swimming and Football on March 7 at Swimming Pool and Jinnah Stadium respectively. Soccer Futsal will be played on March 8 at Rodham Hall. He further said that trophies, medals and certificates will be awarded to players. He further said that the refreshments will be including Juice, Lays and Mineral Water for players at the venues. Adnan Malik, Senior Vice President, Pakistan Futsal Federation will sponsor the Trophies, Medals, Certificates and Refreshments to the all players and teams.

Others13 Feb 2020

PCTSG nominates Shafqat Mehmood its president
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (February 13, 2020):-Pakistan Council for Traditional Sports and Games (PCTSG) in its General Body meeting held at Islamabad Club decided to revive the Traditional Sports and Games in Pakistan. Khalil Ahmed Khan, the President of International Council for Traditional Sports and Games, chaired this meeting, which was attended by Senator Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif. Also, all stakeholders from federal, provincial governments, traditional sports associations and organizations also attending this meeting. The chair briefed about UNESCO’s initiative for revival of traditional sports and games its importance for Pakistan. He expressed concern over our fading trend of traditional sports in the country and stressed the need to build synergies among the stakeholders to harmonize diversity of cultures of the country, empowering youth and women through revival of TSG. He said that creating awareness, holding national and international events, documentations and research would be the priority of the Council. Senator Mohammad Ali Saif said that engagement of youth in rural and urban diversity of traditional sports in different provinces and regions of the country could lead to national cohesion.  He assured his support for revival of TSG in the country for national cohesion and projecting soft image of the country. The representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO, KPK Sports Board, Islamabad Capital Territory and other stakeholders appreciated the efforts of UNESCO for revival of TSG at international national. They also shared their views about revival of TSG and showed their willingness to support this very important neglected aspect of the society. The Council also approved the holding of International Traditional and Sports Festival at Gawadar. Also, stressed the need to create awareness about TSG, its documentation and holding of events. The Statutes of the PCTSG was approved unanimously by the house. The Executive Board of the following members has been elected. Shafiqat Mehmood, Federal Minister for Education and Training has been nominated to hold the office of President. Senator Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, Senior Vice President, Azam Efandi Brig. ( R ), Hussain Ahmed Madni, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Malik Mehrban Ali, Syed Khalid Hussain, Mohammad Shahid Islam, Sajida Nasreen, Mian Salman Islam, Mohammad Tariq Abbasi, Syed Ghayur Hussain are elected Vice Presidents. Barrister Iftikhar Raza Khan, Barrister Iftikhar Raza Khan, Secretary General, Abu Zafar Sadiq, Associate Secretary, Haider Ali Daud, Press Secretary, Kazim Ali Chagezi, Finance Secretary, Mohammad Raza Khan Advocate, Mohammad Ali Bukhari, Advocate, Nisar Ahmed Shahwani, Col Rtd. Rizwan Ahmed, Dr. Nauman Saeed, Tariq Ali, Furqan Ahmed Khan, Umar Habib, Mohammad Umar, Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi, Shakil Yousuf, Khalil Jabran, Wasim Abbas have been elected as Executive Members.

Others12 Feb 2020

President Alvi gives away prizes to skiers
By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (February 12, 2020)- The Prize distribution ceremony of 4th Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup, 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup and 27th National Ski Championship held at Serena Hotel Islamabad. President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi graced the occasion as chief guest. Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, who is also President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan was also present at the occasion. Aziz Bolani, CEO Serena Hotels, ambassadors, high ranking defence & civil officials also attended the ceremony. Speaking at the occasion, the President thanked the international players for their participation in these events and hoped that they would take along cherished memories of Pakistan’s magnificent beauty and traditional hospitality. He urged the foreign players to act as the ambassadors of Pakistan and portray the true picture of this land of wonders in their respective countries. He lauded the efforts of Pakistan Air Force and Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan in the promotion of winter sports in the country and added that it would not only help in finding new talent but also promote tourism industry in the country. The chief guest awarded souvenirs to the winning players. 36 International Skiers along with Pakistani skiers participated in both men and women categories of these events.

Others11 Feb 2020

Talha wins 3 gold in international weightlifting
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD (February 11, 2020):-Talha Talib has won three gold medals in 67kg category competition in International solidarity Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, which is also a qualification event for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. He won one gold medal in Snatch event by lifting 142kg & won another gold medal in Clean & Jerk event by lifting 162kg. His 3rd gold medal was in total aggregate by lifting 304kg’s. Altogether more than 40 countries are participating in these competitions including Turkey, Serbia, Libya, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Ghana. It is worth mentioning that Talha Talib has also won 1 gold & 2 silver medals in the last edition of these championships held in Cairo Egypt 2018.