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ATHLETICS - Int News 11 Nov, 2023

Asian Masters Athletics Championship: Ali Sher clinches Bronze
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Ali Sher Bajwa lifted the bronze medal in the Discus Throw discipline of the Asian Masters Athletics Championship, which is going on in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac, Philippines.According to an official of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), Lt Col (Retd) Shah-Jehan Mir, Dr. Ali Sher Bajwa, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon based in the United Kingdom (UK), showcased exceptional skill and determination in the Discus Throw event, earning a prestigious bronze medal for Pakistan.The Asian Masters Athletics Championship serves as a prominent platform for master athletes from across the continent to exhibit their skills and compete at the highest level. Dr. Ali Sher Bajwa's bronze medal triumph not only highlights his exceptional talent and hard work but also underscores the crucial support provided by the country through the AFP.

ATHLETICS - National 09 Oct, 2023

Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi becomes chairman of AFP
LAHORE: Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi has become the chairman of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) after enjoying a-four-year two tenures as the president of federation in the Elective General Council Meeting of AFP. Meeting was chaired by Mohammad Akram Sahi.According to a press release of AFP, the elections were held under the convenership of Brig Ghazanfar Ali (Retd), Chairman AFP Election Commission. The Meeting was attended by the affiliated units of AFP. The House unanimously elected the following Office Bearers for the next term of four years (2023-2027). Names of elected office bearers:Maj Gen (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi (Chairman), Nadeem Aftab Sindhu (President), Brig (Retd) Wajahat Hussain (Senior Vice President), Imdadullah Memon (Vice President), Qaiser Mehmood Khan (Vice President), Mehboob Dawood Vohra (Vice President), Saif ul Islam Afridi (Vice President), Nabeel Ahmad Rana (Vice President), Shahida Khanum (Vice President), Brig (Retd) Noureen Satti (Vice President-Women), Col (Retd) Shahjehan Mir (Secretary General), Shahina Ishtiaq (Treasurer), Husnain Syed (Joint Secretary), Nabeela Kamran (Joint Secretary-Woman), Asghar Ali Gill (Associate Secretary)Execute Members:Sqn Ldr Salman Choudary (PAF), Mumtaz Ul Haq (Islamabad AA), Azhar Samdani (Sindh AA), Rashid Mehmood Butt (Punjab AA), Syed Jamal Hussain (Punjab AA), Syed Zain Ul Abiden (AJK AA), Sikandar Mirza (GB AA), Seemi Rizvi (WAPDA), Salma Fiaz (KPK AA), Munazza Ayesha (Balochistan AA), Syeda Tahreem Jamal (PWAA), Humaira Mehmood Khan (PWAA)

ATHLETICS - Int News 25 Aug, 2023

Pakistan’s star javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem seals spot in Paris Olympics
Budapest, (Hungary): Pakistan’s star javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem has qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 with a massive throw of 86.79 meters in his third attempt in the qualifying rounds of World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest on Friday.The feat also took him to the final of the javelin throw competition at the World Championships, to be held on Sunday. The 26-year-old, who is the Commonwealth Games gold medalist, finished at the top in Group B. Overall he ended second after India’s Neeraj Chopra, who launched his campaign with a monstrous 88.77m throw in Group A. The qualifying mark for the 2024 Paris Olympics was 85.50 meters. The qualifying window commenced on July 1. Arshad’s first attempt was not impressive as he began with a throw, measuring 70.63m. However, he was quite impressive with an 81.53m throw in his second effort.Nadeem shot to stardom when he finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympics. Last year, he ended fifth in the World Championship. But soon afterwards, he creathe history, when in the Commonwealth Games by claiming the gold medal with a huge throw of 90.18 meters at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham (United Kingdom) that feat also saw him becoming the first South Asian to cross the 90 meters mark. (APP)

ATHLETICS - National 15 Aug, 2023

“Run for Pakistan” Independence Day Races in three cities on August 14
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: To celebrate the 76th Independence Day of the Pakistan “Run for Pakistan” races took place on 14th August 2023 in three big cities including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad which saw an overwhelming response from both seasoned athletes and recreational runners. Participants were geared up in green and white, embodying the essence of the national flag. The event was not only a physical feat but was also an opportunity to connect with fellow runners internationally, fostering camaraderie and shared values.Sports in Pakistan proudly hosted a spectacular Run for Pakistan on Independence Day, bringing together passionate runners from near and far to celebrate the spirit of freedom and unity. The event, showcased the nation's resilience and determination while fostering a sense of patriotism among participants.In addition to the enthusiasm displayed by the runners, this year's Run for Pakistan drew a remarkable crowd of supporters, including families, friends, and local communities. Spectators lined the streets, waving flags and offering encouragement, creating an electrifying atmosphere charged with patriotic pride. The event united a diverse array of individuals, highlighting the harmonious strength that comes from standing together for a shared cause.Shoaib Nizami, CEO at Sports in Pakistan said:"We are thrilled to commemorate Independence Day with this extraordinary event. This event served as a celebration of our nation's freedom and the enduring human spirit. It was inspiring to witness participants from all walks of life coming together to honor the country we love. He further said that Run for Pakistan not only provided an opportunity for runners to test their physical capabilities, but it also played a significant role in benefiting the local community. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Special Olympics Pakistan, aiding their continuous efforts in making a positive impact within the area.’’Sports in Pakistan expresses its gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, and local authorities who contributed to the smooth execution of this grand event. Their dedication and support were instrumental in creating an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike. 

ATHLETICS - National 12 Jun, 2023

Athletics News: AFP selects 5 players for Asian Championship
Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan, Shajar Abbas, Abdul Mueed, and Esha to represent PakistanSports Bulletin ReportLAHORE:-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has selected five players including 4 men and one woman for the 25th Asian Athletics Championships, scheduled to be held from July 12 to 16, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand after conducting the trials at Punjab Stadium, Lahore.According to an official of the AFP, Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan in Javelin Throw, Shajar Abbas in 100 meters, and 200 meters, Abdul Mueed in 200 meters, and 400 meters, and Esha Imran in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters have been selected for international competitions after analyzing their performance in trials.The athletes showed their remarkable athletic abilities and wowed the judges with their performances. The athletes showcased their skills in various disciplines, including  100m (Men), 100m (Women) 400m (Men), 400m (Women), Long Jump (Men) & Javelin Throw (Men). After a thorough evaluation of each performance, AFP selected 05 athletes to represent Pakistan in the Asian Athletics Championships. The selected athletes include Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan in Javelin Throw, Shajar Abbas in 100m & 200m, Abdul Mueed in 200m & 400m, and Esha Imran in 100m, 200m & 400m. To ensure discipline and high-performance standards, coaches Shajar Abbas and Arshad Nadeem will go with the team. They will train and guide the team to ensure the best possible performance.

ATHLETICS - National 08 Jun, 2023

Athletic Federation Pakistan celebrates Kids Athletics Day in Lahore
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Athletic Federation Pakistan (AFP) organized different athletics competitions to celebrate World Kids Athletics Day Kids Athletics on the directives of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) at Punjab University (PU) Lahore on Thursday.Over 200 kids from different schools participated in the competitions, as the Mohammad Zafar, Secretary General AFP, graced the occasion as a chief guest. Salman Iqbal Butt, President Punjab Athletics Association, Shahida Khanum, President, Pakistan Women’s Athletics Association, Abida Tanveer, General Secretary, Pakistan Women’s Athletics Association, and Tariq Mehmood Sidhu, President, Technical Officials Association of AFP, also attended the event. Also, Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal Butt, Director of Sports Punjab University was also present on this occasion. The key objectives and aims of celebrating and organizing Kids Athletics Day were to ensure a steady and sustainable policy for the development of athletics and to introduce children to athletics at a basic level. It was also aimed to expand the sport of athletics for schools and all institutions that are interested in the well-being of children, to popularize athletics in the country and world, and to raise awareness about the importance of fitness and encourage people to get more involved in sports and athletics.The Secretary-General AFP appreciated the efforts of Mohammad Nabeel, Assistant Director Sports Punjab University, and the management of Punjab University for excellent arrangements. Gifts, T-shirts, caps, and certificates were distributed among the children.

ATHLETICS - National 28 May, 2023

Badminton News: Punjab Junior Championship starts in Lahore
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE:-The Punjab Junior Badminton Championship started today (Sunday) at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall in with collaboration of Sports Board Punjab (SBP). Dr Asif Tufail Director General Sports and Youth Affair Punjab inaugurated the championship.As many as 140 Male and female young badminton players from all over Punjab are participating in the U-15, U-17, and U-19 Single and Doubles events. Finals will be played on May 31, 2023 at the same venue.Results (Day-1): Boys’ Singles U-15 (Round-I)Ibrahim Khuram (Jehlum) beat Fida Hussain (LHR) 21-19, 17-21, 23-25Haroom Ahmad (Gujranwala) beat Roshan Nadeem (LHR) by 21-10, 21-17Abdul Muqeet (Chiniot) beat Mohammad Daud Ali (LHR) by 21-10, 21-13Danish Khan (LHR) beat Khuzaima Iqbal (Sialkot) by 21-19, 20-22, 21-17Mohamad Ismail (Layyah) beat Haroon Mudassar (TT Singh) by 15-21, 21-15, 21-19Mohammad Suleman (Attock) beat Musa Ameen (LHR) by 21-7, 21-7Haroon Rashid (LHR) beat Zubair Afzal (Sialkot) by 23-21, 21-11Mirza Ahmed Hafeez (RWL) beat Moeez Raza (LHR) by 21-6, 21-13Ibrahim Ahmed (LHR) beat Huzaifa Waqas (LHR) by 21-6, 21-1Hassan Rashid (LHR) beat Saleh Mohammad (LHR) by 21-10, 21-12Mirza Ahmed Hafeez (RWL) beat Abu Dajjana (LHR) by 21-8, 21-7Ali Haider (LHR) beat Fozan (Vehari) by 21-17, 21-19Boys’ Singles U-17 (Round-I)Zain Bajwa (Vehari) beat Hashim Ali (Sialkot) by 21-12, 21-16Hamza Waseem (Gujranwala) beat Mohammad Junaid (LHR) beat 21-13, 23-21Mohammad Bilal Shahzad (Okara) beat Mohammad Ahmad Gul (LHR) by 21-17, 17-21, 21-19Saim Ali (LHR) beat Mohammad Ayan (Okara) by 21-11, 15-21, 21-14Tufreed Ahmed Qureshi (RWP) beat Mohammad Soban Tauseef (LHR) by 21-7, 21-4Bilal Shabbir (BWN) beat Mohammad Raheel Ibtikhab Butt (LHR) by 21-12, 21-14Husain Shahzad (LHR) beat Mohammad Usman (Okara) by 21-4, 21-4Amer Hassan Janjua (RWP) beat Yousha Shahid (LHR) by 21-11, 21-5 Zain Bajwa (Vehari) beat Mohammad Wasik Ali (LHR) by 21-6, 21-4Zain Shakeel (LHR) beat Mohammad Abdullah (FSD) by 21-18, 21-8Mohammad Ahmad (FSD) beat Taha Yaseen (Lhr) by 21-7, 21-9Hamza Waseem (Gujranwala) beat Abdullah Faheem (LHR) by21-3, 21-5Mohammad Ahmad (Multan) beat Okasha Javed (LHR) by 21-17, 21-19Tayyab Subhani (LHR) beat Mohammad Irtaza Saleem (Gujrat) by 21-3, 21-8Men’s Singles U-19 (Round-I)Mohammad Ahmad (LHR) beat Abdur Rehman Yaqoob (Gujranwala) by 21-19, 12-21, 21-13Tahir Subhani (LHR) beat Mohammad Harris (FSD) by 21-13, 21-9Mohammad Ibrahim (Multan) beat Mohammad Shmyal (LHR) by 21-12, 21-4Mohammad Ibrahim (RWL) beat Abu Bakkar Afzaal (Sialkot) by 21-4, 21-12Usman Ahmad (Chiniot) beat Atta Mustafa (LHR) by 21-11, 21-14Mohammad Faiz (FSD) beat Ali Raza (T.T.Singh) by 21-8, 21-9Ihtisham Ul Haq (BWP) beat Mohammad Ahmad (Sheikhopura) by 21-18, 13-21, 21-18Rehan Ali (Sarghodha) beat Mutwassam Haider (Layyah) by 21018, 21-19Farhan Ali (Hafizabad) beat Zeshan Iqbal (FSD) by 21-12, 21-13Girls’ Singles U-17 (Round-I)Ramsha Faisal (Jehlum) beat Mariyam Fatima (LHR) by 21-8, 21-8Hamna Irshad (HFZ) beat Masooma Rashid (LHR) by 21-4, 21-6Sama Naveed (HFZ) beat Tasmia Qureshi (FSD) by 21-5, 21-14Amna (FSD) beat Fatima (LHR) by 21-13, 21-14Kashmine Nadeem (Multan) beat Fatima Ishal (LHR) by 21-6, 21-8Ramaysa Faisal (Jehlum) beat Noor Un Nisa (LHR) by 21-12, 21-14Sameen Faisal (Jehlum) beat Amna (FSD) by 21-8, 21-4Sama Naveed (HFZ) beat Roshan-e-Islam (LHR) by 19-21, 21-15, 21-16Areeba Butt (LHR) beat Humayal Aftaz (LHR) by 21-6, 21-6Falak Raza (LHR) beat Mahira Rashid (LHR) by 21-10, 21-16

ATHLETICS - Int News 20 May, 2023

Priya Mohan, Abdulla qualify for Asian Athletics Championship
Sports Bulletin ReportRanchi (India):-Top national athletes Priya Mohan, and Abdulla Aboobacker qualified for Asian Athletics Championship, which will be held from July 12 to 16, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.Total six athletes including Priya and Abdullah confirmed their berths in the top regional athletics event of Asia after showing acceptable performance in the 26th National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships that concluded in Ranchi on May 18, May 2023, as the players were trained under the banner of Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS).Priya Mohan was the first to make the cut in the 400-metre event, striking gold with a time of 53.40 seconds. While the 20-year-old couldn’t beat her own timing from the 2021 Senior National Championships, it was enough to ensure that she met the qualification standards.Priya Mohan said:"It is a moment of joy for me, but at the same time, I know I have a lot to improve upon. It will be my first senior Asian Athletics Championship, and I want to ensure that I make the most of the opportunity. My time at IIS has significantly benefited me, and I am still learning the nuances of competing at the senior level. The season has just begun, and I am looking forward to improving my timing further."Alongside Mohan, the IIS jumpers also made a significant mark at the competition. Rubina Yadav passed the qualification mark for the Asian Championships with a 1.80-metre jump, clinching gold in the high jump event, while Abhinaya Shetty claimed bronze with a 1.76-metre jump. In the men’s category, Jesse Sandesh clinched silver with a jump of 2.18 metres.On the other hand, Ancy Sojan had already made a mark at the Indian GP-1 in March, where she jumped 6.49 metres. She surpassed her previous personal best of 6.55 metres by jumping 6.56 metres, setting a new personal best and clinching gold in the women’s long jump event.Finally, amongst the jumpers, it was Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abdulla Aboobacker who clinched gold with a 16.76-metre jump and qualified for the Asian Championships in the triple jump. In the same event, Karthik Unnikrishnan clinched silver with the best jump of 16.44 metres.Abdulla Aboobacker said:"I am still under a heavy training regime, and the objective this year is to clear the 17-metre mark consistently. I was aiming for the national record as well, but it was pretty hot, so I had to change my plan a little. At the same time, I am really happy that the core objective of breaching the qualification barrier for the Asian Championships has been achieved."Finally, it was the javelin throw unit that lit up the stage at the Federation Cup, clinching two spots for the Asian Championships. Rohit Yadav clinched gold with the best throw of 83.40 metres, and Manu DP won silver with a throw of 82.95 metres, both clearing the Asian qualification mark of 78.23 metres set by AFI with ease in their second throw of the series, respectively.Apart from the qualifications, there were a number of good results. Madhvendra Singh and Sachin Binu clinched silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 110-metre hurdle with timings of 14.01 seconds and 14.23 seconds. In the throw events, it was Damneet Singh who clinched gold in the hammer throw with a best of 64.91 metres.

ATHLETICS - Int News 07 Feb, 2023

Athletics Federation unfolds details of national and international events
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has revealed the details of two events, which will be held during the month of February including one international and one national fixture. According to Secretary AFP Mohammad Zafar, five athletes will participate in the forthcoming 10th Asian-Indoor Athletics Championship, which will be taken place Astana, Kazakhstan from February 10 to 12, 2023. The 1st Aitchison Half Marathon will be held at Aitchison College Lahore on 18th of this month. Shajar Abbas (60m), Sharoz Khan (High Jump), Mohammad Imran (High Jump), Uzair Rehman (400m), Jaffar Ashraf (Pole Vault) and Qazi Tanveer Hussain (Manager-cum-Coach) are the part of national contingent. The men athletes from the affiliated units of the federation including Pakistan Army, WAPDA, Railways, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Islamabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Police, Gilgit Baltistan and student-athletes of Aitchison College will participate in the Half Marathon race. Also, cash prizes will be awarded to athletes up to 14th position as the winner will pocket 100 thousands rupees while runner-up will collect Rs. 50 thousands. Third position holder will get 25 thousands while rest of 11 get 10 thousand each.

ATHLETICS - National 28 Jan, 2023

Islamabad Run with Us: Marathon Race on January 29, 2023
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: The 42 kilometers Islamabad marathon race will be held on Sunday, and will start from Trail 3 Islamabad Parking here at Margallah Road in five different categories including Full Marathon (42.2 km), Half Marathon (21.1 km) 10 km, 5 km, and Kids Fun Run. According to an official, Qasim Naz, Islamabad Run with Us (IRU) will organize the second full marathon (42km) in Islamabad on Sunday (January 29, 2023. It will be the second time that Islamabad will host such an event. The participants will run from Trail-III towards 7th Avenue and go Shakirparian and from the round-about of I-8 Bridge the athletes will come back at the end-point Trail-III Details of Categories: Full Marathon (42.2km): Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. Half Marathon (21.1km): Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. 10km Road Race: Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. 5km Race: Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. Kids Fun Run: Both males and females under 14 years of age can participate. Gathering Point: Trail 3 Islamabad Parking Full Marathon and Half Marathon Registration Time: 07:00 – 08:00AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 08:00- 08:20AM Race Briefing: 08:20- 08:40AM Assemble for Marathon and Half Marathon: 08:45-08:55AM Race Starting Time: 9:00AM 10KM Registration Time: 10:00-10:45AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 11:00-11:20AM Assemble for 10KM Marathon: 11:45-11:55AM Race Starting Time: 12:00PM (NOON) Cut Off (10KM): 1 HOUR AND 30 MINS 5KM Registration Time: 09:15- 10:00AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 10:00-10:20AM Assemble for 5KM Marathon: 10:40-10:50AM Race Starting Time: 11:00AM Kids Fun Run Registration Time: 8:45 AM - 9:15AM Race Briefing: 9:20AM Race Starting: 9:45AM