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Others25 Dec 2019

Naltar Resort is ready for national and international ski events
    Faraz Ahmed Kayani ISLAMABAD ( December 25, 2019):-The picturesque winter resort of Naltar in Gilgit Baltistan is all set to host some exhilarating winter sports in the upcoming days. Prominent national skiers from all over the country have arrived at Naltar Ski Resort to participate in different events. Charged up skiers participated in practice runs in a pleasant sunny day. The energetic athletes appreciated Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for making this Resort truly world class and providing all possible facilities of International standard. They also expressed that competing with the famous skiers of the world would provide an excellent opportunity to Pakistani athletes to learn from their competitors and improve their performance in this game. The winter sports season will be commencing with the Saadia Khan and Children Ski Cup from December 27, 2019. Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan (WSPF), under the auspices Pakistan Air Force has chalked out an elaborate calendar of events for the season. Besides skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, ice skating and ice hockey competitions would also be held during the season.  Prominent among these would be Shah Khan Ski Cup, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Ski Championship and National Ski Championship. Other than these national events, Malam Jabba Ski Cup and CAS International Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup, featuring international skiers would also be held at Naltar and Malam Jabba Ski Resorts. These sports would not only promote tourism in the Northern Areas of Pakistan but also pave way for the conduct of International sporting events in the country.

Others17 Dec 2019

SISJA honours visiting journalists with Excellence Award
SISJA honours visiting journalists with Excellence Award  Abdullah Asjad RAWALPINDI:-The President  and the members  of  South  Asian  Sports  Journalists  Association  (SISJA) honored  the  visiting spor­ts journalists from Sri Lanka and other  countries with the "Excellence  Award" on historic  occasion of revival Test Cricket after 10 years at the soil of Pakistan at Media Center Hall of Pindi Cricket Stadium. On this occasion, President SISJA Asghar Ali Mubarak thanked the international media especially media friends from Sri Lanka, who came in Pakistan to cover game of cricket. He said that the entire Pakistani nation was feeling proud of reviving international cricket in the country after over one decade. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), Pakistan Sports Writers’ Federation (PSWF) and Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA). The veteran sports journaliss Asghar Ali Mubarak organised the ceremony on behalf of SISJAand RISJA with some renowned senior sports journalists including Abdul Mohi Shah, Abdul Jabbar Faisal, Rizwan Ehsan Ali aka Joji, Gabriel de Souza, Mohsin Ijaz, Zulfikar Baig, Arif Mehmood Khan, Nasir Aslam Raja, Rozina Ali, Sadia Rafay, Shakir Abbasi, Shakeel Awan, Nasir Abbas Naqvi, Malik, Khurram Shahzad, and others. Hosts journalists of twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad presented the awards and souvenirs to visiting journalists from Sri Lanka and Karachi. The fonder founder member RISJA Abdul Mohi Shah hoped that the Excellence Awards would remind the visiting journalists of their presence on the return of international cricket to Pakistan in the rest of their journalistic career. Asghar Ali Mabarak also thanked all the journalists for sparing their time for the Excellence Awards ceremony. The visiting journalists from Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Lahore also received their memento. These included Shahid Hashmi, Saveera Pasha, Mirza Iqbal Baig, Tariq Saeed, Syed Yahya Hussani, Khalid Hasan Khan, Farhan Khan. Young local journalists Amber Ali, RozenaAli, Bushra Gull, Shah Khalid Hamdani, Faisal Javeed Mughal and Abdul Wajid were also given awards to encourage them in the field of sports especially in cricket. Name of Sri Lankan Journalists, who received awards: Chamila Karavta, Ishra Kodikara, Oshitha Warakapitiya, Damith Weerasnghe, Andrew Fernando, Samsudeen Aroos, Udara de Silva, C Dissanayaka, Aboobucker Askar, Wichithra Weerasinghe DG Danushka Aravinda, Asela Vithana, Prince Gunasekara, Althaf Navaz and NV Anthony. Beside media persons, some awards were also distributed  among the cricket lovers including Chach Domestic Cricket Mohammad Yameen Gongha, Mama Cricket Khalid Jalil, Baba Cricket Yasir Hakim, Dada Cricket Dr. Abdul  Rehman,  Rescue  1122, Massood Khan.

Others29 Nov 2019

Andy Murray has 'no chance' of winning another Grand Slam, according to Goran Ivanisevic
Andy Murray has 'no chance' of winning another Grand Slam, according to Goran Ivanisevic Sports Desk ISLAMABAD:-Andy Murray has "no chance" of winning another Grand Slam title, according to former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic. The former world No 1 recently revealed he contemplated retirement a matter of weeks before winning the European Open in Antwerp last month. But gaining more confidence during tournaments in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai, the Scot produced a remarkable level of consistency to win in Belgium - his first title since 2017. Although he was only able to compete in one match for Great Britain at last week's Davis Cup, Murray confirmed he was "ahead of where I expected to be at this stage" with regard to his hip. Ivanisevic, who is the current coach of Novak Djokovic, was brutally honest in his assessment of three-time Grand Slam champion ever winning a major again.

Others27 Nov 2019

Shah Hussain Shah Jumps up five more steps
Shah Hussain Shah Jumps up five more steps Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (November 27, 2019):In his pursuit for the place for Tokyo 2020, while playing in Osaka Grand Slam, Olympian Judoka Shah Hussain Shah reached to 39th position in recently updated Olympic ranking list. According to Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF), this is ever highest any South Asian judoka could earn.  He lost against world number 4 and world champion of 2017 Aaron Wolf from Japan in pre quarterfinal. He secured 160 points in this highest level of contest after World championship. With this he accumulated 904 points thus far ahead of his rivals of this Asian continent. Col (Retd) Junaid Alam, President PJF expressed entire satisfaction over his unprecedented marvelous performance. “Pakistan Judo Federation is holding all his expenditure of his Olympic run by giving him full priority. We are not sending anyone else anywhere other than Shah who is being sent alone even without coach, “he said. “Judo qualifying for Olympic is unlike other sports where there are 3-4 Olympic qualifiers, contested by an athlete or a team. Here it is entirely a different game which poor federations simply cannot afford. A Federation has to field him in maximum number of IJF Calendar events of last 2 years qualifying period with each having different weightage. Usually there are more than 10 events in half of a year.  If you miss any event the others get full benefit and their ranking go up against you. In last four months, he was sent by PJF to participate in 7 different championships round the globe, “he said. It is pertinent to mention here that Shah had missed Australian Grand Prix Nov 2019 due to visa issue. In start of next year he would suffer another setback as the first Grand Slam is being held in Israel, which he cannot participate due to obvious reason. This is likely to harm his standing, but nothing could be done in this regard. However PJF has planned to send him to a 6 weeks tour of Europe in Feb to March where he would not only attend IJF training Camp but will also participate in all grand prix and grand slam tournaments. In this crucial time unfortunately, there is no support from any quarter so far despite so many requests to all concerned. Even routine monetary grants given to the National Federations were stopped due to ongoing sports reforms. However, on request of President PJF as well as Shah’s father (Boxing Legend Olympic medalist Hussain Shah) one month ago, Federal Minister IPC Fahmida Mirza has reportedly approved 1.5 million RS for his participation in qualifiers from August to December 2019 but nothing is released so far.  Same way, there is no sponsor found as these are usually attracted to the popular sports like cricket, football, hockey and Kabaddi.

Others22 Nov 2019

National Youth & Junior’s athletics championships from November 25
National Youth & Junior’s athletics championships from November 25 SB News LAHORE (November 22, 2019):-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) on Friday announced that the 4th National Youth and Junior Athletics Championships would be kicked off from November 25, 2019 at Punjab Stadium, Lahore. According to AFP official, Boys and Girls will compete in different disciplines during the two-day national junior athletics gale. More than 300 athletes Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Navy, WAPDA, Railways, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Punjab, Police, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoon Kawa (KPK), Baluchistan, Islamabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan shall be competing for top honors in this two days extravaganza. It is an annual event in which champion athletes display their prowess in the sports arena.

Others05 Nov 2019

Four players to participate in International Taekwondo
  Four players to participate in International Taekwondo Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD:-As many as six-member contingent including four players and two officials will participate in the “The Belt and Road China Open International Taekwondo Championship” to be held from November 6 to 10, 2019 at Xian, China. According to spokesman for Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), Mohammad Rabnawaz, Jabran Asad Khan, Mohammad Owais and Mohammad Zahid will participate in different categories in the 5-day international fixture. Syed Sadaqat Hussain is head of the team while Mohammad Farooq will be performing the duty of coach.  It is added that it will be good experience and exposure for upcoming South Asian Games which will be held in next month in Nepal. The athletes will also get ranking points which help them to improve their personal ranking.

Others03 Nov 2019

President Body-Guards Polo Cup 2019
  President Body-Guards Polo Cup 2019 Abdullah Asjad RAWALPINDI:-The President Body-Guards (PBG) has won the PBG Polo Cup 2019 after beating Marco-polo Club four and half goal at Race Course Ground on Sunday. PBG team led by Rabnawaz Tiwana displayed excellent skill of the polo. Captain of the winning team Rabnawaz scored four goals during the all four rounds, as each was limited 7.5 minutes. Turab Rizwi led the Marco-polo in the final. Armored corps Major General Kanwar Adnan Ahmed Khan, HI (M) graced the final as chief gust and distributed prizes among the players. PBG Polo Cup is a unique outfit one of the three of its kind in the world. The annual cup is the most awaited event of the year. Minds and hearts wait impatiently for the commencement of this grand event as it promise the horse lovers the opportunity to see and hear the thunderous sound of course hooves as they gallop. The grand finale apart from the polo final also comprises a fierce display of tent pegging and spectacular and unique show of musical ride.

Others31 Oct 2019

Wrestler Inam meets DG Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh
Wrestler Inam meets DG Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh Salman Khan LAHORE (Oct 31, 2019): Pakistan's celebrated wrestler Mohammad Inam Butt called on Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Director Admin JavedChohan, Pakistan Wrestling Federation Secretary Arshad Sattar, Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Secretary Punjab Olympic Association Idris Haider Khawaja and Deputy Director Rauf Bajwa were also present during the meeting.   Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh congratulated wrestler Inam Butt for winning gold medal in World Beach Games wrestling event in Doha. It is worth-mentioning that Pakistan's premier wrestler Inam Butt lifted the gold medal when he defeated Olympic bronze medallistMarsagishvili Dato of Georgia in the 90 kg final of the World Beach Games wrestling event in Doha.   Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh appreciated feats of premier wrestler Inam Butt saying that the entire nation is proud of his remarkable accomplishments. “Sports Board Punjab will continue to extend every possible facility for the promotion of wrestling in the country,” he said. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, on this occasion, announced that Sports Board Punjab is going to introduce a scheme for the promotion wrestling in Punjab in near future. “Wrestling is quite famous in Pakistan and Inam Butt’s latest achievement will play a key role in further popularizing this game among the youth of the country,” he added.   Inam Butt, a 3-time World Beach Games gold medallist, thanked Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh for providing every kind of assistance for the preparation of World Beach Wrestling. “Sports Board Punjab had extended ample cooperation in the past for the growth of wrestling”.   Later, wrestler Inam Butt also met with Sports Board Punjab Vice-Chairman Rao Zahid Qayyum in his office. Sports Board Punjab Vice-Chairman Rao Zahid Qayyum also congratulated the wrestler for his fresh accomplishment and vowed to provide every kind of assistance for the cause wresting in the province.  

Others31 Oct 2019

`PTF hires foreign coach for South Asian Games preparation
`PTF hires foreign coach for South Asian Games preparation Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD (October 31, 2019):-International taekwondo mentor Han Sangsu is arriving here on November 7, 2019 to coach the top Pakistani male and female players. According to an official of Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), the hiring of said coach was made possible due to kind support of Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and Pakistan Taekwondo Federation’s joint efforts. The induction of the said coach will be very beneficial and fruitful for our athletes in upcoming South Asian Games and 2020 Olympic Qualification Round Tournament. The services of said coach will also be utilized by all the affiliated units, departments and associations on required basis. Pakistan Taekwondo Federation is highly obliged for Ministry of IPC, WT Asia, Kukkiwon Headquarters and Korean Embassy in Islamabad. Lt Gen Javed Iqbal (Retd), Patron PTF and Omar Saeed of CE&MD Hankook is also supporting for the promotion and development of Taekwondo in the country for the better results in different International Competitions as they played a very instrumental role in bringing the Korean Coach for Pakistani Officials / Athletes. A pool of Pakistani Coaches will also remain under the supervision of said coach to learn modern skills and techniques from him.

Others29 Oct 2019

PSFF aims to uplift the soft image of Pakistan through sports and cultural, Says Raja Hafeez
PSFF aims to uplift the soft image of Pakistan through sports and cultural, Says Raja Hafeez Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD:-President, Pak-Swiss Friendship Forum (PSFF), Raja Hafeez Ahmed said that PSFF basic aim was to uplift the positive image of the country Switzerland particularly in whole Europe, which was defused by international media after 9/11 incident despite of this Pakistan had no link with said incident. While talking to this scribe during an exclusive sitting on other day he hoped that he would people of both countries close to understand each other through cultural and sports activities in Switzerland. “We are organizing our social, cultural and sports activities regularly. We also celebrate our national day with enthusiasm especially Independent day on August 14, Defense Day on September 6 and Pakistan Day on March 23 each year, as the cricket match always part of independent day August 14. We organize a match in which Pakistani people participate in large number to enjoy the game. We invite Pakistani community and also Swiss People to attend our traditional events and they could understand our norms, traditions and cultural, “he viewed. “Our basis aim is to enhance people-to-people contact. We invite people of both communities in all types of cultural and sports activities. We have established a Geneva Eleven Stars cricket club that participates in all the events. Under the banner of this club we support blind, disable persons, helpless women and street children of Pakistani community, “he said. To a question Raja Hafeez said that there were 22 registered cricket clubs in Switzerland and Pakistani, Indian and Afghanistan play cricket from different clubs. “Our club had won the League Championship in 2012 and we had given fair play award too. “We also stage other social activities including Musharia, Naat competitions. Our club also manages to tell the Muslims history to our youth and about our historical tourist places that are attractive for the local people of Switzerland. “ACV’s Chief Organizer Malik Naseer, Director Tourism Malik Mahroof and Director Development Sports Raja Saeed are doing also splendid job for our Forum, “he replied a question.    Responding to another question, Raja said, “PSFF invites Pakistani diplomats in the ceremony, as the last time Pakistani ambassador Naseem Ahmed Warach had graced our ceremony as chief guest. Pakistani officials also support us because our basic aim to highlight the soft image of the country among the Swiss people, “he concluded.