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Sports News27 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.

Sports News05 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.

Sports News31 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.  

Sports News31 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.

Sports News29 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.        

Sports News27 Oct 2019

Olympian Shah Hussain Shah inks new history in Judo
Olympian Shah Hussain Shah inks new history in Judo Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Shah finished at 5th place while losing Bronze medal fight in Dubai Grand Slam judo during his Olympic qualifying journey on Saturday. He lost from Canadian, who is currently world number 4. This is ever highest achievement of any Pakistani Judoka in world highest level contest after World championship. This spectacular performance by him will give a big jump in Olympic as well as World ranking.  PJF President Col Junaid Alam has expressed entire satisfaction as well as pleasure on this unprecedented achievement. He said that Shah will be sent to Australian Grand Prix after 4 days.  Also he will feature in last grand slam of this year in Nov and then an open championship in Hong Kong. Only two judokas with any coach or official participated in this event while Indian contingent was consisted of 14 judokas. Despite that Pakistan finished overall at 30th position while India finished at 40th position. Shah got bye in first round and then in 2nd round won with Wazari against world ranked 55 Savytskiy Anton Ukraine.   After reaching third round which was pre- quarter final, Shah played aggressively against world no. 28 Khurramov Mukhammad Karim of Uzbekistan and made him disqualified being extra defensive. In Quarter final Shah fought against Olympic World Ranker no.18 Mr.Kotsoiev Zelym from Azerbaijan. He lost this fight on points after striving for complete duration of 4 minutes. After that Shah outclassed    Chinese Judoka in repechage to reach in bronze medal fight where he faced world no 4 Canadian Athlete Elnahas Shady. He played very well in that fight but finally lost the fight. It is pertinent to mention that Olympic Judo qualifying is a two year period. Unfortunately despite many efforts by PJF he could participate in only one contest in first year of Olympic qualification whereas   other judokas of world participated in at least average of 6-7 championships. Despite verbal consent by minister IPC and DG PSB, not a single penny has been released so far by Pakistan Sports board. However PJF sent him to participate in 5 major championships including world and Asian championships as well as grand slams in last 5 months. Earlier he was sent for a month long training camp in International judo federation academy Budapest Hungary to learn European style of Judo which was his weakness. PJF expects that if he maintains the pace he will In sha Allah qualify for Tokyo 2020 thus making another history.

Sports News25 Oct 2019

ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference
 ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference SB Report (October 25, 2019) ISLAMABAD-The three-day ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference under the banner of BNP Paribas kicked off from Friday (today) Bangkok from 25th to 27th October, 2019. The Pakistani participants Rashid Malik Secretary Punjab Lawn Tennis Association and Hamid Niaz, National Coordinator of the Pakistan Juniors Tennis Initiative program (JTI) met with Haggerty President International Tennis Federation (ITF) at the ITF Coaches Conference.  The Other coaches from Pakistan attending this important annual event are Asim Shafik National Development Director PTF, Head Coach NTC, Sara Mansoor Fed Cup Captain, and Nouman ul Haq ITF Level-1 Certified Coach.

Sports News21 Oct 2019

Pakistan and Azerbaijan sign MOU to enhance the cooperation in the field of sports
Pakistan and Azerbaijan sign MOU to enhance the cooperation in the field of sports  SB Report (October 21, 2019) Baku:- Pakistan’s Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs of Azerbaijan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the cooperation in the field of sports and youth activities. Signing ceremony was held in Baku on Monday. Federal Minister for IPC DR Fehmida Mirza and Azerbaijan Minister Sports & Youth Affairs Azad Rahimov signed the MoU.   MoU between Pakistan and Azerbaijan in the field of sports was inked on 21st October 2019. It would facilitate direct cooperation, exchange of sports teams and create opportunity to hold joint sports events between two brotherly countries. Speaking to occasion, Federal Minister said, “Pakistan greatly values its relationship of cooperation with the Republic of Azerbaijan. I thank the Ministry of Youth and Sport for arranging this event to cement the cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan for promoting sports.” “Today, ‘sport diplomacy’ has become an integral part of efforts to build friendly relations among the nations. Sport diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports to bring people together. Both of our countries have seen a long history of regional conflicts. Employing sport diplomacy tools can help us challenge prejudices, heal divisions and champion tolerance” Minister added.   Federal Minister acknowledged that Azerbaijan successfully hosted Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 and in collaboration with Azerbaijan would be learning experience for Pakistan to host mega events.   Minister underscored the global contribution of Pakistan in cricket, hockey, squash, snooker and in some regional games like Kabaddi too. Minister also extended cooperation in the field of traditional sports as both countries have a vibrant culture in this type of games. Federal Minister also shared an idea of holding a conference on the topic of sports diplomacy and to explore its role in fostering peace and cultural exchanges. Azerbaijan Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs reciprocated same enthusiasm and showed desire to further cooperation in areas such as sports academia, exchange of expertise in sports infrastructure development schemes, exchange of sports experts and training of referees, coaches and technical officials.

Sports News21 Oct 2019

The City School, DK Campus lifts General Trophy
The City School, DK Campus lifts General Trophy SB Report (October 21, 2019) KARACHI:-The City School DK Campus has won the General Trophy with (1150) points in the 3rd Students Olympic Games 2019. The City Pakistan Student Olympic Association organized the 3rd student Olympic Games 2019 from October 14 to 2019 at Hampton School Clifton Karachi. Basketball, Throw-ball, Futsal Table Tennis Cricket Rope Skipping Dodge-ball yoga and Gymnastic events were part of the games. On this occasion Maqbool Arian president Pakistan student Olympic Association, Ivan Fedrick Rittman, secretary Pakistan student Olympic Association, Shahnawaz Alam president Karachi student Olympic Association, Nadeem Aslam secretary Karachi student Olympic Association, Imdad Hussain director yoga and gymnastic student Olympic Association, Darakhshan Ahsan member Pakistan student Olympic Association, Shakeel Ahmed coordinator Sports of city school DK campus, Abu Sufyan, Member, PSOA, Arshad Khgan, PSOA, Adnan Tareen, Member PSOA, Adnan Vohra, V. President PSOA, Jaffar Ali Shah, S.V. President PSOA  and school team officials and coaches were also present.   Maqbool Arain, President PSOA announced the Pakistan Students teams would be participating in 6th Students Olympic International Games 2019 at Johor Bahru University Malaysia from 26th to 30th December 2019. Ali Bahawni, Vice Principal Hampton School and Peer Danish business men was the chief guest in closing ceremony. Both distributed Trophies, Medals, Certificates, Shields and gift hampers among the winners. Result of General Trophy: 1st Position: The City School DK Campus, 1150 Points. 2nd Position: Shahwaylat Public School, 1000 Points 2nd Position: K-7 Gymnastics School , 1000 Points 4th Position: Head Start School System, 850 Points Result of Throwball: 1st Position: Head Start School 2nd Position:The City School DK 3rd Position: Hampton School Result of YOGA: 1st Position: K-7 Gymnastics School 2nd Position: FF Gymnastics School Result of Gymnastics:  1st Position: K-7 Gymnastics School 2nd Position: LG Gymnastics School 3rd Position: FF Gymnastics School Result of Futsal: 1st Position: Wahaj Hussain's School 2nd Position: The City School DK Campus 3rd Position: Head Start School System Result of Cricket: 1st Position: American School 2nd Position: Haque Academy 3rd Position: The City School DK Campus Result of Table Tennis: 1st Position: Shahwalyet Public School ( Girls & Boys) 2nd Position: The City School DK Campus (Girls & Boys) 3rd Position: Head Start School System  (Girls & Boys) Result of Dodgeball: 1st Position: Ali Johar School 2nd Position: OISSA School 3rd Position: Happy Home School Result of Basketball: 1st Position: Shahwalyet School 2nd Position: Hampton School 3rd Position: British Oversea School 

Sports News21 Oct 2019

PBCC announces four member committee
PBCC announces four member committee Abdullah Asjad October 21, 2019 ISLAMABAD-The Chairman, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC), Syed Sultan Shah on Monday nominated an Executive Committee of Islamabad Regional Women Blind Cricket Association.  The Executive Committee has been nominated for the term of next two years for the development and promotion of Women Blind Cricket in Islamabad Region. The operational area of the Islamabad Regional Association will be Federal Area, KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Rawalpindi Division. Pakistan Blind Cricket Council will form two more Regional Women Blind Cricket Associations named Lahore Regional Women Blind Cricket Association and Karachi Women Blind Cricket Association soon for the development & promotion of Women Blind Cricket in those areas. PBCC as a Pilot Project commenced the Cricket for the visually impaired girls last year (2018), thereafter conducted several Training Camps; icing on the cake was hosting the 1st International Women Blind Cricket Series against Nepal in January-February next year 2020. Now PBCC has decided to constitute Regional Women Blind Cricket Associations for the development of the game at grass-roots level.   Executive Committee is comprising Sadaf Huma Haider (president), Sadia Dastagir (vice president), Shahida Shaheen (finance secretary) and Nirma Arif (public relation).