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Top national athlete Shajar Abbas wins 100 meter race
LAHORE (Sports Bulletin):-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) and Aitchison Collage jointly organized 1st Aitchison Fastest Man Race (100m) at Aitchison Collage Lahore on Friday. According to an official of AFP, over 100 men athletes from the affiliated units of AFP including Army, WAPDA, Railways, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Islamabad, AJ&K, Police & Gilgit Baltistan and student-athletes of Aitchison College participated in the competition. Shajar Abbas got first position and pocketed Rs. 100,000 cash prize while Nadeem Ali remained second and got Rs. 50,000. Uzair Rehman won third position and received prize of Rs. 25,000.  Secretary General Athletics Federation of Pakistan Mohammad Zafar and Principal Aitchison College Michael Thomson distributed medals and cash prizes among the winner athletes of event.
Arshad urges government to provide best facilities to athletes
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The gold medal winner of the recently Commonwealth Games 2022, Arshad Nadeem viewed of that an athlete might win gold medal in the international competitions if he would be provided all international standard facilities. While addressing a press conference he said he could also win the medal in the Olympics if he would be facilitated well like athletics ground and other equipment. “I will work hard to bring the honour for the country in the next Olympic Games, which will be taken place in Paris, France, “he added. Javelin thrower Arshad urged the government to provide a fully-equipped and international-standard athletics ground for the local players and expressed the hope that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would take steps for the betterment of athletic sports in the country. Arshad lauded Pakistan Wapda’s role in the promotion and development of sports in Pakistan and added: “Wapda is the biggest players’ support platform in our country. I am grateful to my department Wapda, which provides jobs to many talented and potential sportspersons of the country, who are trained well under able guidance of qualified coaches and later, they win medals for the country at national and international levels. I wish that the private sector too will continue to promote our local players and we will achieve more success in the future by working together. “I am also thankful to Nayza and its CEO Zahid Hussain for their support and training abroad as it helped me train well according to international standard and transformed me into a champion that’s why I succeeded in creating Asian record in javelin throw. With more such support, hopefully, I will succeed in giving my best in the world event and Paris Olympics,” he asserted. When asked about the facilities being provided to his counterpart Neeraj Chopra of India, Arshad said: “Neeraj Chopra has been enjoying the best facilities in his country and it was due to heavy investment on him that he had won gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. After winning gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and Islamic Solidarity Games, I am now hopeful that everyone will support me too and my eyes will be on winning Paris Olympics gold,” he added. The 25-year-old athlete said that he was currently working on his injury and would undergo vigorous training before the Paris Olympics 2024. “I will prepare well for the Paris Olympics 2024. I am working on my injury and AFP President Maj Gen (R) Akram Sahi and other officials have supported me tremendously for that. The doctors have also done a great job for my recovery.” Commenting on his meeting with PM Shehbaz today (Thursday), Arshad hoped that the PM would take measures for the advancement of athletics in the country. “My task is to produce the best results in the mega events and thanks to Allah Almighty, I succeeded in winning gold medals in the two prestigious events. Now it is up to the government and the premier what they provide me for the preparation of upcoming Olympics. The basic thing I need is fully-equipped ground for my practice and training and I am optimistic that the premier would take an abrupt decision on it and provide us a state-of-the-art athletics ground soon.” Speaking on the occasion, Nayza CEO Zahid Hussain said: “Our meeting with Arshad Nadeem was held through Salman Butt and then we held meeting with AFP President Maj Gen (R) Akram Sahi, who asked us to fully support Nadeem saying he has potential and he can help Pakistan win international medal. First, we sent him Mashhad, Iran for training and then South Africa, where he trained for two months and then he went to USA, where he trained well. “I think Commonwealth Games proved a lucky place for him, where he finally won the first javelin throw gold for Pakistan. He was supported and guided well by Dr Ali Bajwa and then he managed to win another gold medal in Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey. Arshad is now our shinning stars and we are fully supporting him and want him to win more gold medals in world and Olympic events,” he added. It is pertinent to mention here that Arshad Nadeem created history in the Commonwealth Games 2022 for Pakistan as he clinched a gold medal in the javelin event with his record throw of 90.18 meters. He also clinched won gold medal in the Islamic Solidarity Game held in Konyo, Turkey.
Technical Officials Education & Certification System Level-1 Athletics Course concludes
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-An Educational Course, Technical Officials Education and Certification System (TOECS) Level-1 Athletics Course concluded on Thursday at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex. Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) organized this course in the collaboration with World Athletics (WA) from June 18 to 22, 2022. Maj Gen (R) Mohammad Akram Sahi, HI(M), SI(M), President AFP and Vice President Asian Athletics Association graced the closing ceremony as chief guest and distributed the certificates among  the participants. According to an official of AFP, the main purpose to organize the course was to educate, train and increase the number of qualified technical officials in the country. International lecturer Suppiah Chinatamy (Malysian National) conducted the course. Mumtaz Ul Haq, Senior Vice President Islamabad Athletics Association was the course secretary. Syed Habib Shah, General Secretary, Punjab Athletics Association was the chief coordinator. The course will contribute a lot in the promotion of athletics at different levels and the qualified technical officials will be eligible to attend TOECS Level-II course. They will have chance to perform duties in the national and international athletics competitions. Names of participants: Mohammad Talha Iftikhar, Mohammad Nabeel, Maria Nazir Cheema, Aliya Noor, Ahmed Saeed Bukhari, Adnan Akbar, Altaf Hussain Shah, Asmat Ullah, Gul Rehman, Hafeez Ullah, Irfan Ali Rana,  Mohammad Adrees, Mohammad Afzaal, Mohammad Arfan Akram, Mohammad Nadeem Khan,  Rashid Mahmood, Sabir Ali Khan, Shah Khalid, Zia Ud Din Burki, Syed Fahad Shah, Shahbaz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Ahmad, Ahsan Ali, Abdullah Chandio, and Syed Zakir Shabbir
Athletics Educational Course starts from Saturday
Sports Reporter ISLAMABAD:-The 5-day Athletics Educational Course (Technical Officials Education & Certification System - TOECS Level – I) will start from Saturday (June 18, 2022) at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad under the banner of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP). According to secretary AFP, Mohammad Zafar, the basic aim of this course to train the local athletics officials about the rules and regulations of athletics. The course is scheduled from 18th -22nd June 2022 at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. This is an approved Course from the World body of Athletics (World Athletics) and 20 Technical Officials from affiliated units of AFP will participate in this Course. The international qualified Malaysian Lecturer Suppaih Chinatamy will conduct the course in the most professional manner. This course will play an important role in the smooth running of national athletics competitions in the future. The preparations for the course are in the final stages and its opening ceremony will be held on Saturday 18, June 2022.
Akram Shai visits National Athletics Training Camp
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-President, Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi visited the national athletics training camp at Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Coaching Center Lahore. The camp is organized for 90 days in the collaboration with PSB aiming to train the national players for upcoming international events including 14th South Asian Games, which will be taken place in Pakistan next year 2023. According to an official of AFP, Sixty (60) national athletes (male) and coaches from all affiliated units of the federation are attending the training camp which has been organized to prepare national Athletes for the forthcoming 14th South Asian Games and other international athletics fixtures. Rana Nasrullah Director PSB is the camp commandant and he is supervising athlete training activities being implemented by the camp coaches.  Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi, President AFP, who is also Vice President Asian Athletics Association and Chairman South Asian Athletics Federation, visited the camp facility and analyzed the different aspects of this preparatory athletics camp. He appreciated the newly renovated facilities and balanced diet being served to the participants. He advised the athletes and coaches to adopt training techniques based upon scientific research, as this method would produce the desired results. President AFP cautioned the athletes and coaches to avoid the use of performance enhancing drugs which is unlawful and punishable under AFP and WADA laws. He stated that these illegal drugs are detrimental for human health and cause irreversible damage to athletes who use them. It is unfortunate that recently athletes from other national Federations were caught and banned by WADA for doping. It was also decided that National trials for all athletics events will be held on 26-27 April 2022 at Punjab Stadium, Lahore. The purpose of trails is to select the athletes for upcoming international athletics events including 2nd Imam Reza Cup Tournament, which is scheduled from May 29-30, 2022 at Mashhad, Iran.
Technical Officials Education & Certification System Level-I course for women concludes
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The 1st Women’s Technical Officials Education & Certification System (TOECS) Level-I course concluded on Tuesday at PSB Coaching Centre Lahore, as the 5-day course was organized by Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) in with the collaboration and support of World Athletics. Major Gen (R) Mohammad Akram Sahi, HI (M), SI(M), President Athletics Federation of Pakistan / Vice President Asian Athletics Association distributed Certificates among  the participants of course and appreciated the women who  came from remote areas of Pakistan to attend the course. The main purpose to organize the course was to increase the number of qualified women technical officials in the country and to enhance their knowledge and skills. Seventeen (17) women technical officials namely Shabana Khattak, Sadaf Siddiqui, Sumera Hussain, Shakila Rehman, Shagufta Akhtar Khan, Shabana Shaikh, Shabana Kousar, Sadia Sanaullah, Rahat Nawaz, Nasreen Fakhra, Maria Maratab, Mafia Parveen, Kaneez Sughra, Fozia Shaheen Mughal, Beenish Amin, Attia Maqbool and Abida Changezi from the Associations and Departments affiliated with AFP attended the Course. World Athletics had approved Wing Commander (R)  Pervaiz Saeed Mir as Lecturer to conduct this course. President of National Athletics Association of Technical Officials (NAATO) Tariq Mehmood Sidhu was nominated as Course Secretary while Khurshid Akhtar Butt performed as Coordinator of the Course.
Ali Sohail wins 10-Kilometer Karachi Green Marathon
Karachi (Sports Bulletin Report):-Ali Sohail has won the 1st Karachi Green Marathon after covering the 10 kilometers distance while Akhtar Ali and Mohammad Sajid claimed second and third position respectively. Ali Sohail pocketed Rs. 75000 prize money. All athletes gathered at the Urban Forest, Clifton to run for a cleaner and greener city with the Karachi Green Marathon. A large number of people took part in the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer marathon races. Ali Sohail was declared the winner in the 10 kilometers category for males at the Karachi Green Marathon, whereas Akhtar Ali, Mohammad Sajad, Ikram, and Waqas secured the second, third, fourth, and fifth position in the same. On the other hand, Farah Mehwish took the first position in the 10 kilometers category for females at the Karachi Green Marathon, while Rabia Aashiq, Sehrish, Nimra, and Sarah Muneer took the subsequent positions respectively. Israr Khattak secured the winner position in the 5 kilometers category for males. Rabia took the winner title, whereas Erum, Maria, Iqra, and Maria took the consecutive positions in the 5 kilometers category for females at the Karachi Green Marathon. The top five contestants in both male and female 10 kilometers category of the marathon were awarded cash prizes of PKR 75,000, PKR 50,000, PKR 35,000, PKR 20,000, and PKR 10,000 respectively. The top five contestants in both male and female 5 kilometers category of the marathon were rewarded with PKR 50,000, PKR 35,000, PKR 20,000, PKR 10,000, and PKR 5,000 respectively. The Karachi Green Marathon had the Administrator of Karachi, MurtazaWahab, along with President HUM Network Sultana Siddiqui, CEO HUM Network Duraid Qureshi, Chairperson Special Olympics Ronak Lakhani, Owais Mangalwala, Sohail Sardar, Afia Salam, Juvairia Abbasi, Shahwar Ali Khan, and students from several schools in attendance. Speaking on the occasion, Zerlina Duraid, the force behind the Karachi Green Marathon, said: “We really think this initiative can be the start of many more to come. Every single participant is making a difference in this run and together we are working towards a clean and green Karachi. This is the start for a healthy Karachi.”
Athletics coaching course concludes
LAHORE (Sports Reporter) The 12-day Coaches Education & Certification System (CECS) Level – I course concluded today at Punjab Stadium Lahore. The participants of course gained a lot of knowledge from this course. On the occasion of closing ceremony of course Maj Gen (R) Mohammad Akram Sahi, President Athletics Federation of Pakistan / Vice President Asian Athletics Association distributed the certificates among the participants of course. It is further apprised that twenty seven (27) coaches from all affiliated units of AFP attended this course.  Tariq Mehmood Sidhu and Talha Iftikhar (CECS Level – I qualified lecturers of World Athletics) conducted this course.    
Lord Sebastian hails Arshad Nadeem performance in Tokyo Olympics
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD (November 12, 2021):- Lord Sebastian Coe, President World Athletics hailed the performance of Pakistani athletes Arshad Nadeem, who produce excellent performance in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. According to an official of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), in the opening remarks in the 24th Congress Meeting of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA), Lord Sebastian Coe, President World Athletics appreciated the performance and efforts of Asian Athletics Association as well as Athletics Federation of Pakistan as AFP conducted online seminars for the sports community of Asian region during the Covid-19 crisis. He also applauded the recent outstanding performance by Arshad Nadeem, Javelin Thrower at the Tokyo Olympics. The 24th Congress Meeting of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) was held on 8th November 2021. It was attended by the Presidents and Secretary Generals of 45 Asian Countries. President Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Maj General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi who is also Vice President of the AAA and Mohammad Zafar Secretary General AFP attended the Congress.
Rai Taimoor congratulates winning athletes
SPORTS REPORTER LAHORE (September 29, 2021):-Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti congratulated Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Adnan Arshad Aulakh and Punjab’s male and female athletics teams for winning Inter-Provincial Athletics Tournament 2021 in a dominating style. In his greeting message on Wednesday, Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti lauded the key role of Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh and all coaching staff and team management in the overwhelming title winning performance of Punjab’s Under-17 Boys and Under-16 Girls athletics teams. Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti hoped that Punjab athletes would maintain their performance in future sports events.