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Anna-Carin Ahlquist announces retirement
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Named “Female Para Star of the Year” at the inaugural ITTF Star Awards evening held in January 2013 at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, on Wednesday 23rd February Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlqhuist announced her retirement from international play. The award recognised her achievement at the London 2012 Paralympic Games when she had secured women’s singles class 3 gold. “It was definitely the biggest moment of my career. Every time I think about it, I get happy and emotional, being on the top of the podium is every athlete’s biggest dream.” Anna-Carin Ahlquist. Later in the proceedings, she was to add a second medal to her collection, alongside her erstwhile partner, Ingela Lundback, in women’s team class 4-5; they secured silver, a feat also achieved more recently in Tokyo. The team successes are somewhat resigned to the shadows when her individual efforts are considered, in Rio she was also a women’s singles bronze medallist. However, the team performances are of considerable merit, a class 3 athlete, she was competing against class 4 and class 5 opponents, adversaries with a lesser disability. Undoubtedly, those efforts underline her strength of character, her sheer determination to succeed and prove any doubters wrong. European and World Championships Likewise partnering Ingela Lundback, twice she won the women’s team class 4-5 title at the European Para Championships (2009, 2015), in addition to donning the women’s singles clas 3 crown on five occasions (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). The fifth gold achieved on Swedish soil in Helsingborg was the most poignant; earlier in the year she had undergone a Mastectomy, having been diagnosed with breast cancer. Additionally, at the European Para Championships, she was a women’s singles class 3 bronze medallist (2009), women’s team class 4-5 silver medallist (2011, 2019) and class 5 team bronze medallist (2007). A string of successes; it is the same at the World Para Championships. Twice a women’s singles class 3 bronze medallist (2014, 2018), twice a women’s team class 5 silver medal winner (2010, 2019); as at the European Para Championships, always in partnership with Ingela Lundback. Meanwhile, at open international para tournaments commencing in 2007, she won 68 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals, always relishing the challenge, a fact endorsed at the World Veteran Championships in 2016 in Alicante, able bodied players finding her a most worthy opponent. Ranking Success, the outcome was that she established herself consistently in the upper echelons of the women’s class 3 rankings. She made her first entry at no.31 in July 2007, in October 2010 she claimed top spot, a position she was to hold on no less than 70 publications! Currently she is listed in the no.2 spot.
Haiqa and Fahad Khawaja claim National Table Tennis titles
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE (December 30, 2021):-Haiqa Hassan from Pakistan Army outplayed RaheelaKashif of Wapda by 4-1 with the scores of 4-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in Women’s Singles final clash of 57th National Table Tennis Championship at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall here on Thursday. The Men’s Singles title went to Wapda’sFahadKhawaja who defeated his brother UmamKhwaja of Choramatex by 4-2 after a thrilling final. FahadKhawaja won the final with the score of 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9. Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab FuadHashimRabbani was the chief guest on this occasion. Secretary Pakistan Table Tennis Federation Ahmer Malik, President Punjab Table Tennis Association IrfanUllah Khan, Deputy Director OmairHasan were also present on this occasion. Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab FuadHashimRabbaniwas warmly received upon reaching the venue. He also distributed prizes among top performers of the event. The participating teams and officials also had group photographs with Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab FuadHashimRabbani. It worth-mentioning that Pakistan Table Tennis Federation,organised the biggest-ever National Table Tennis Championship with the collaboration of Sports Board Punjab (SBP). Earlier, Wapda’sHamzaAkram and Abdul Raheem toppled Shah Khan &UmmamKhawaja of the same department in Men’s Doubles final by 3-0 with the score of 11-8, 11-9, 11-4. Wapda’s PerniyaZaman Khan and NosheenWaseem defeated Kalsoom Khan and Fatima Khan of Chromatex by 3-2, 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10 in the closely-fought Women’s Doubles final match at the same venue. Results: Women’s Singles Final: Haiqa Hassan (Army) beat RaheelaKashif (Wapda) 4-1, 4-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6. Men’s Singles Final: Fahad Khawaja (Wapda) beat UmmamKhawaja (Wapda) 4-2, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9. Women’s Doubles final: Perniya Zaman Khan &NosheenWaseem (Wapda) beat Kalsoom Khan & Fatima Khan (Chromatex) 3-2, 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10. Men’s Doubles final: HamzaAkram& Abdul Raheem (Wapda) beat Shah Khan &UmmamKhawaja (Wapda) 3-0, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 Mixed Doubles final: FaizanZahoor&HoorFawad (Army) beat Shah Khan &SadiaRaheel (Wapda) 3-1, 11- 7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9. Men’s Singles Semifinal: FahadKhawaja (Wapda) beat Shah Khan (Wapda) 4-2, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11- 7, 9-11, 11-7. Women’s Singles Semifinal: Raheela Kashif (Wapda) beat Ayesha Sharjeel (Wapda) 4-3, 11-4, 11-4, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 14-12.  
WAPDA dominate in the National Table Tennis Championship
LAHORE (Sports Report):-Pakistan WAPDA players produced sparkling performance in the 57th National Table Tennis Championship at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall, as over 200 players from 14 teams of the country are participating in the biggest event being organized in collaboration with Sports Board Punjab (SBP). Wapda’s table tennis players exhibited wonderful form on the day 4 and managed to win 10 matches out of 14 encounters. Results: Men’s Singles: FahadKhawaja (Wapda) beat Mohammad Usman (Wapda) (3-0), 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 Shah Khan (Wapda) beat Mohammad Ahmed (Punjab) 3-2, 9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4. Mohammad Rameez (Wapda) beat Nauman Zara (Sindh) 3-0, 11-9, 11-8, 13-11. FaizanZahoor (Army) beat AbidIqbal (HEC) 3-0, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. Abdul Raheem (Wapda) beat Mohammad Danish (Islmbd) 3-0, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4. Bilal Yasin (Wapda) beat Irtaza Ali (Railways) 3-1, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 Hafeez-ur-Rehman (Wapda) beat Abdul Haseeb (OGDCL) 3-0, 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 AsimQureshi (Wapda) beat HadiTahir (Punjab) 3-0, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6. Ahil Shah (Army) beat Shujaat Ali (Wapda) 3-0, 11-8, 11-1, 11-4. Saim Adnan (Sindh) beat Salman Saleem (Railways) 3-2, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7. Umam Khawaja (Wapda) beat AwaisMukhtar (Wapda) 3-0, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7. Ubaid Shah (Army) beat Arbaz Anwar (KP) 3-0, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9. Hamza Malik (Wapda) beat Mohammad Abdullah (Islamabad) 3-2, 9-11, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 11-7. Basit Ali (Wapda) beat ArslanAlvi (Sindh) 3-0, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7.
Javed Chohan inaugurates 57th National Table Tennis Championship
Sports Report LAHORE (December 25, 2021):-Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan inaugurated the 57th National Table Tennis Championship at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall on Saturday. Secretary Pakistan Table Tennis Federation Ahmer Malik, Secretary Punjab Olympic Association Idris Haider Khwaja, President Punjab Table Tennis Association Irfan Ullah Khan, Chief Sports Consultant SBP Hafeez Bhatti were also present on this occasion. A large number of young male and female table tennis players and sports enthusiasts also attended the colourful opening ceremony. Male and female artistes presented attractive cultural and regional dances and performances to entertain the large crowd. Talking to media Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan said Sports and Youth Affairs Department Punjab is fully supporting this national championship. “The promotion of sports culture across the province is our prime objective and that’s why we always extended every kind of assistance for the holding of multiple sports events in all parts of Punjab”. Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan further said Punjab province has plenty of sports talent and Sports Board Punjab is striving hard to provide sufficient playing opportunities to talented male and female players by holding maximum number of sports events across the province. In his media talk, Secretary Pakistan Table Tennis Federation Ahmer Malik informed that it’s the biggest ever National Table Tennis Championship of the country in which over 200 players from 14 teams are participating. He also thanked Director General Sports Punjab Javed Chohan for extending excellent support and facilities for the holding of National Table Tennis Championship at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall.            
ITTA names teams for National Table Tennis Championship
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (December 25, 2021):-Islamabad Table Tennis Association (ITTA) has named male and female teams for upcoming 57th National Table Tennis Championship that will be held in Lahore after conducting trials. According to an official of ITTA, around 30 men from capital city and 16 women participated in the trials.The selection committee was consisted of Masood Rabbani, Mohammad Farooq, Raza Rafiq and Naeem Shaukat. The selected five men and five women players will represent Islamabad in the upcoming 57th National Table Tennis Championship, which will be taken place in Lahore. At this occasion, president, ITTA SM Rashid Qadri wished good luck to all the players and said to enter in the field with the spirit of victory. Rashid Qadri also distributed the shirt and track suit among the selected players. Names of selected men: 1: Abdullah Naeem 2: Mohammad Danish Tanveer 3: Mohammad Omar Saeed Ibrahim 4: Bilal Khan 5: Nabil Ahmed Names of selected women: 1: Rahnail Satti 2: Isha Khan 3: Laiba Khan 4: Insha Afridi 5: Iqra Asghar
Table Tennis Trials for Under-17 and Under-16 players
LAHORE (Sports Report):-Sports Board Punjab (SBP), on the directions of Director General Javed Chohan, conducted table tennis trials for the selection of Punjab’s Under-17 male and Under-16 Girls table tennis teams at Nishtar Park Sports Complex (NPSC) Gymnasium Hall on Monday. More than 60 boys and girls from all nine divisions of the province took part in the trials. Punjab’s selected U-17 male and U-16 female players will participate in Inter-Provincial Under-17 Boys and Under-16 Girls Table Tennis Tournament scheduled to be staged from December 24 to 26 in Karachi. Director General Sports Punjab JavedChohan in a statement on Monday said that Punjab’s 14-member contingent including five U-17 boys and two officials and equal number of U-16 girls and two officials would visit Karachi for the championship.  Director General Sports Punjab JavedChohan said: Punjab’s male and female table tennis players are being chosen purely on merit because there is no room for anti-merit tactics in our set up. Sports Board Punjab is providing sufficient playing opportunities to all talented male and female players belonging to all games.
Defence Day: SBP organizes badminton and table tennis exhibition matches
SB REPORT LAHORE (September 9, 2020): Sports Board Punjab (SBP) organized badminton and table tennis exhibition matches in connection with Defence Day of Pakistan at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall on Wednesday. Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh and his wife Zakia Adnan Aulakh were the guests of honour on this occasion. Over 100 national and international male and female players participated in the exhibition badminton and table tennis matches. They were also introduced to Zakia Adnan Aulakh before the exhibition matches. Later, DG Sports Punjab and his wife Zakia Adnan Aulakh distributed shields, certificates and prizes among the prominent performers of the competitions. Organisers also presented souvenirs to Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh and his wife Zakia Adnan Aulakh. The guests of honour also had group photographs with the participating players. Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Deputy Director Chand Perveen, Administrator Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall Mustafa Shah, Prof Shahid Mirza, Sakhi Sarwar Butt and a large number of young badminton and table tennis players were also present on the occasion. International badminton stars including Abdul Mannan, Muneeb, Ahmed Tallat, Mohsin Abdullah, Ali Haider, Sanwal Shafeeq, Hussain Shahzad, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Arham, Nasar, Zainab Ch, Amna Jawad, Anam Sajid and Saman Shafiq participated in the exhibition matches played under the supervision of SBP badminton coach Zarina Waqar and Pakistan Army coach Sajid Hussain. Veteran table tennis coach Sabah Waris conducted the exhibition table tennis matches in which top stars such as Asim Qureshi, Kashif Razzaq, Jahangir Khan, Faheem Raza, Awais Hasan, Sana Muzaffar, Aysha Faheem, Zainab Iftikhar, Hina Mushtaq and Shiza Mushtaq exhibited their skills.