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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.
IOA scholarship helps to focus on the game: says Arshad Nadeem
Sports Bulletin Report Birmingham (UK):-Pakistan's sports hero Arshad Nadeem, who on Sunday won the gold medal for the country in the javelin throw competition in the Commonwealth Games 2022 here, thanked the International Olympic Association (IOA) for providing him with a scholarship till the Paris Olympics 2024 and hoped the financial assistance under this scholarship would help further shine his skills at javelin throw by availing better training facilities and continue to reach new heights of success. "I am also obliged to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA)  for its efforts in this regard to help him secure the much-needed IOA scholarship", he said, adding that he was thankful to Almighty Allah for enabling him to secure a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games for the country. Arshad Nadeem, who emerged as the first javelin thrower from the entire sub-continent to cross the 90-metre mark to bag the gold medal, said that the scholarship would not only enable him to focus on the game in the real sense of the word but also provide him with an opportunity to get better training opportunity and enhance his capability in the game, which in turn would enable him to continue to win further laurel for the country at the international level, particularly the Paris Olympics.
Arshad Nadeem visits Shackleton Village Birmingham
Sports Bulletin Report Birmingham (UK):-Pakistan’s number one athlete Arshad Nadeem arrived here on Saturday to participate in the javelin throw discipline of the22nd Commonwealth Games 2002, which are going on Birmingham, United Kingdom. According to an official of Pakistan’s contingent, after arriving Arshad Nadeem was taken to the welcome centre of the games, where he was tested for Covid-19, which resulted negative. After the registration process, Arshad Nadeem along with Dr Asad Abbas and Arshad Sattar visited Shackleton Village Birmingham where they were received by the Deputy Chef-de-Mission Major (R) Majid Wasim of the national contingent. On this occasion Arshad Nadeem said: “After one year of injury I made a comeback in the World Athletics Championship 2022 held in America and finished at the 5th spot after recording 86.16 meters throw. I am satisfy with my performance in the World Championship and has made full preparations for the Commonwealth Games”. In this regard, the chief medical officer of the national team, Dr Asda Abbas and Arshad Sattar are fully supporting Arshad. It should be noted that the qualifying rounds of javelin throw will be held on August 5th in the Commonwealth Games, while the final round will be held on August 7th. Arshad requested the people of Pakistan for prayers.
Pakistan athletes clinch 6 medals: Shajar Abbas lifts gold in Almaty
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Pakistani athletes Shajar Abbas, Sohail Amir, Abdul Mueed, Sharoz Khan and Shah Nawaz earned 6 medals including one gold, three silvers and two bronzes in the XXXI Qosanov Memorial Athletics Championship, which was held from June 25-26, 2022 at Almaty, Kazakhstan. According to Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), national athletes won 6 medals in the championship after showing impressive performance in the international fixture. They created 3 new national records in the events of 100m (created new national record by finishing the race in 10.38 sec), 200m & High Jump.   Pakistani athletes produced notable performance due to the preparations during the National Training Camp at Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Coaching Centre Lahore.  Out class, facilities were provided to the athletes by the PSB.   Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi, President AFP and Mohammad Zafar, Secretary General have congratulated the winning athletes and entire athletics family of Pakistan on this great achievement. Sr#  Name  Event  Performance  Medal  1  Shajar Abbas  100m  10.41 sec  Gold  200m  20.87 sec*  Bronze  2  Sohail Amir  1500m  3:53.98 sec  Silver  5000m  15:11.76 mints  Silver  3  Sharoz Khan  High Jump  2.12m*  Silver  4  Abdul Mueed  400m  46.86 sec  Bronze  5  Shah Nawaz  Discus Throw  49.35m  5th Position    Gold 1, Silver 3, Bronze 2 = Total 6   
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.
Pakistani athletes lift 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze in the Imam Reza Athletics Championship
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Pakistani athletes have lifted 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze in the 2nd Imam Reza International Athletics Championship that concluded Mashhad Iran on Monday, as Shajar Abbas and Mohammad Yasir got gold medal in their respective disciplines. Shajar also inked new national record in 200 meter race with 20.9 second. According to an official of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), as many as four athletes Shajar Abbas, Abdul Mueed, Sharoz Khan and Mohammad Yasir took part in the 2nd Imam Reza International Athletics Championship that held from May 29 to 30, 2022 at Mashhad, Iran. Also, tow coaches Qazi Tanveer Hussain and Rana Sajjad Ahmad Khan accompanied the athletes. Besides hosts Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan participated in the international athletics fixture. Major General (Reted) Mohammad Akram Sahi (Retd), President AFP and Mohammad Zafar, Secretary General congratulated the winning athletes and entire athletics family of Pakistan on this achievement. The athletes won 5 medals, and got 3rd position in the tournament. Performance of Pakistani athletes: 1. Shajar Abbas (200 meter) 20.91 *NNR (Gold) 2. Mohammad Yasir (Javelin Throw) 74.83 meter (Gold) 3. Sharoz Khan (High Jump) 2.05 (Silver) 4. Abdul Mueed (400 meter)  46.73 *NNR (Silver) 5. Abdul Mueed (200 meter 21.41m  (Bronze)
Athletics Federation Pakistan celebrates World Kids Athletics Day on May 7
Sports Bulletin Report LAHAORE:-On May 7, 2022, Athletics Federation Pakistan (AFP) celebrated the World Kids Athletics Day as per the announcement and compliance of the directive issued by the World Athletics (International Athletics Governing Body) in Lahore on Saturday. The children of the different schools have participated in this event. Mohammad Zafar, Secretary General AFP was the chief guest of the ceremony. He distributed gifts and certificates among the participating children. He also conveyed a message of appreciation from Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi, President AFP / Vice President Asian Athletics Association (AAA) / Chairman South Asian Athletics Federation (SAAF) to children and guests. The key objectives and aims of celebrating and organising Kids Athletics Day  are as under:-  To ensure a steady and sustainable policy of development of the sport of Athletics  To introduce the Children to Athletics at a basic level To expand sport of athletics for schools and all institutions who are interested in the well being of children To popularise athletics in the country and world  To raise awareness on the importance of fitness and encourage people to get more involved in sports and athletics   
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.