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Tennis16 Oct 2019

Shoaib Khan trounced top seed Daniel Webb ITF Junior
Shoaib Khan trounced top seed Daniel Webb ITF Junior By Abdul Jabbar Faisal October 16, 2019 ISLAMABAD-A major upset was caused by 5th Seed Shoaib Khan (PAK) when he eliminated top seed Daniel Webb (GBR) in a thrilling and exciting 1st quarterfinal of the ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships at Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad on Wednesday. In the Boys Singles fixture, 5th Seed Shoaib Khan (PAK) caused a major upset of the tournament when he eliminated top seed Daniel Webb (GBR) in a thrilling three hours and 15 minutes match. Both the players displayed quality tennis and was appreciated by the large number of crowd. The score went up to 5-5 all in the first set Daniel Webb won the first set at 7-5 by breaking 12th game of 1st set after three deuce. In the second set Shoaib Khan build up the winning lead 3-1 by breaking 3rd game of Daniel in which he made two double fault. Daniel start attacking and build up the lead 5-3 by breaking 6th and 8th game of Shoaib Khan. Pakistani player level the score 5-5all by breaking 9th game of Daniel Webb and second set was decided in tie break which won by Shoaib Khan at 7-4 after down 2-4 in the tie break. Shoaib Khan was in full command in the final set and did not allow his opponent to settle down with his powerful forehand and backhand drives and won the final set at 6-1 by breaking 3rd, 5th and 7th game of Daniel Webb and advanced into the Semi final   Later on, the 2nd Seed Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) won his encounter against 8th seed of Ahmed Kamil of Pakistan in straight sets 6-4 6-2.  3rd Seed Kim Min-Joon (KOR) proved too good for Saqib Hayat (PAK) and eliminated in straight sets 6-3 6-2 and will face Huzaifa Abdul Rehman in second semi final. In the last quarter final Kang Gunuk (KOR) was in also excellent form and eliminated Muhammad Nauman Aftab of Pakistan without too much resistance at score of 6-1, 6-1 and will face Shoaib Khan (PAK) in the first semi final.   In the girls singles event, Aysegul Mert (TUR), Choi Ji-Woo (KOR), Valitova Arina (RUS) and unseeded Jang Soo Ha (KOR) advanced into the semi final by eliminating their respective opponents in straight sets. Aysegul Mert will face Chio Ji-Woo (KOR) while Valitova Arina (RUS) will face Jang Soo Ha (KOR) in the 2nd semi final.   Results: Boys Singles Quarter Finals: Shoaib Khan (PAK) beat Daniel Webb (GBR) 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-1; Kang Gunuk (KOR) beat M.Nouman Aftab (PAK) 6-1, 6-1; Min-Joon KIM (KOR) beat Saqib Hayat (PAK) 6-3, 6-2; Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) beat Kamil Ahmed (PAK) 6-4, 6-2.   Girls Singles Quarter Finals: Aysegul Mert (TUR) beat Cheraghi Dorsa (IRI) 6-2, 6-3; Choi Ji-Woo (KOR) beat Thouard Clemence (FRA) 6-1, 6-2; Valitova Arina (RUS) beat Khanloo Mahta (IRI) 6-0, 6-1; Jang Soo Ha (KOR) beat Elmas Leyla Nilufer (TUR) 6-2, 6-2.   Boys Doubles Quarter Final: Ksese Luca Emanuel (GER) / Daniel Webb (GBR) beat Sami Zeb Khan (PAK) / Tootoonchi Moghadam (IRI) 7-5, 7-6(3);   Girls Doubles Quarter Final: Cheraghi Dorsa (IRI) / Shen Hannah Kaile (HKG) beat Abas Aliya (MDA) / Thouard Clemence (FRA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. Girls Doubles Semi Final:  Khanloo Mahta (IRI) / Safi Meshkatolzahra (IRI) beat Aysegul Mert (TUR) / Elmas Leyla Nilufer (TUR) 6-3, 2-6, 10-3; Choi Ji-Woo (KOR) / Jang Soo Ha (KOR) beat Cheraghi Dorsa (IRI) / Shen Hannah Kaile (HKG) 6-4, 6-1.  

Badminton16 Oct 2019

International Badminton Tournament from November 7 at Islamabad
International Badminton Tournament from November 7 at Islamabad By Abdul Jabbar Faisal October 16, 2019 ISLAMABAD:-Secretary, Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) Wajid Ali Choudhary announced on Wednesday that capital city Islamabad would hosts 13-nation international badminton event next month in the premises of Pakistan Sports Complex. While talking to media representatives in a press conference here at Media Center of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) he further said that the fixture will be held from November 7 to 10 this year 2019, as there would be five categories including Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women Singles, Women's Double and Mixed Double in the four days international badminton fixture. "All matches will be played at Rodham Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex, "he maintained. Wajid said that PBF had written to government for financial support but still waiting for response. "Yonex is our title sponsor and they will provide us all equipment and prize money of US$10,000, which will be distributed according to World Badminton Federation's rules, "he said. While replying a question secretary PBF said that Asian Badminton Federation (ABF) was also providing $8000 financial support for this international fixture. "However, our estimated budget is around Rs.3.5 millions. It will a great achievement for holding this international event in the capital city of the country, "he viewed. "Around 50 players including hosts Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Canada, Malaysia, Thailand, Iran, Iraq Morocco, Cheek Republic and other countries will show their power in the Yonex Sunrise Pakistan Series International Badminton Tournament 2019, "he concluded.  

Cricket15 Oct 2019

Wahab Riaz leads Southern Punjab to four-wicket win over KPK
Wahab Riaz leads Southern Punjab to four-wicket win over KPK   Our Sports Reporter October 15, 2019 FAISALABAD:-Wahab Riaz’s three for 28 with the ball and an unbeaten 17-ball 42 secured a four-wicket win for Southern Punjab over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium in the sixth match of the National T20 Cup on Tuesday.   Wahab took the wickets of Sahibzada Farhan (27 off 19), Adil Amin (7 off 12) and Iftikhar Ahmad (0 off 2) to leave Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reeling at 51 for four in 8.5 overs. That Khyber Pakhtunkhwa managed a respectable score was due an 83-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Khushdil Shah   Rizwan scored 45 off 40 balls, hitting four fours and a six, while Khushdil cracked an unbeaten 32-ball 56, embellished with five fours and three sixes. Aamer Yamin and Mohammad Irfan picked up a wicket each as they gave 31 and 19 runs, respectively.   Southern Punjab floundered in the first half of the chase with half of their batting lineup back in the pavilion in 8.5 overs with only 51 runs on board as Mohammad Mohsin took three wickets. But with his unbeaten 49 off 35 balls, which included four fours and a six, Saif Badar weathered the storm. He crafted a 55-run stand with Aamer (15 off 10).   Any doubts over the success of the run-chase vanished when Wahab joined Saif as the former took control and spanked five fours and two sixes to take Southern Punjab home with four wickets and nine balls spare.This was Southern Punjab’s first win in the tournament.    Scores in brief:   Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 154-5, 20 overs (Khushdil Shah 56 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 45, Sahibzada Farhan 27; Wahab Riaz 3-28)   Southern Punjab 155-6, 18.3 overs (Saif Badar 49 not out, Wahab Riaz 42 not out, Sohaib Maqsood 24; Mohammad Mohsin 3-37)

Cricket15 Oct 2019

Four Pakistan women to attend ACC coaching course
Four Pakistan women to attend ACC coaching course       Our Sports Reporter   October 15, 2019-10-15   LAHORE:-The involvement and participation of Pakistani women in mainstream cricket continues to increase as four women have registered for a three-day ACC Level 1 Women Coaching Course, which will be held in Lahore from 17 to 19 October.       Women registered for the first step in future coaching roles include Abbottabad’s Atika Sabir Khan, Lahore’s Fareeha Mahmood, Shehla Bibi from Wah Cantt and Tasleem Bano from the Gaizer district of Gilgit Baltistan. Fareeha is a current Pakistan international who featured in three T20Is against Sri Lanka in March 2018.       Other participants in the course, first of its kind, include representatives from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait (two), Malaysia, Maldives, Oman (two) and United Arab Emirates.       Ali Zia, Senior General Manager – National Cricket Academy, and also a course instructor course said: “We have already organized two Level-2 courses in the past. The feedback given by ACC to PCB was commendable and it was marked as the best-ever organized so far.       “There is a certain standard set for the course, the participants will gain great benefit from the course, as it will provide them with an opportunity to go back to their countries and train young girls. “The ACC’s Test playing countries are always there in development of the associate countries and will continue to play an active role in future.”       Sultan Rana, ACC’s Events and Development Manager, said: “ACC is working with its member countries in the development of the game in the region. The ACC takes pride in hosting its inaugural women’s level-1 course at NCA.  The initiative was taken in the ACC’s Development Committee meeting, which was chaired by Chairman PCB Mr Ehsan Mani.       Our purpose is to encourage more girls in this game, and the course will provide an opportunity to inspire them. It will also help the participants to go back to their homeland and play a part in the development of women’s cricket.”        ACC Level 1 Women’s Coaching Course (in alphabetical order, country in brackets):       1.        Atika Sabir Khan (Pakistan)   2.       Awatif Alqallaf (Kuwait)   3.       Dechen Wangmo (Bhutan)   4.       Elnaz Parvin (Iran)   5.       Emylia Eliani Binti Md Rahim (Malaysia)   6.       Fareeha Mahmood (Pakistan)   7.       Khadija Khalil (Kuwait)   8.      Mariyam Zoona (Maldives)   9.       Meera Bhanushali (Oman)   10.   Nawal Tahir Muhammad (Bahrain)    11.    Shamila Chathurika Ananda (UAE)   12.    Shanzzen Shahzad (Hong Kong)   13.    Shazia Rahman Zazai (Afghanistan)   14.    Shehla Bibi (Pakistan)   15.    Tasleem Bano (Pakistan)   16.    Vaishali Jesrani (Oman)

Others15 Oct 2019

Youth is real asset of Pakistan, says Adnan Arshad Aulakh
Youth is real asset of Pakistan, says Adnan Arshad Aulakh   Our Sports Reporter October 15, 2019 LAHORE:-Director General Sports Punjab, Adnan Arshad Aulakh has said that youth was the real asset of Pakistan and youth were capability to steer the country into the right direction; he expressed these views while addressing Youth Conference 2019 at SBP E-Library, Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Tuesday. Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Divisional Sports Officer Nadeem Qaiser, DSO Tanveer Shah and large number of girls and boys were also present in Youth Conference held under the auspices of Jago NGO.   Addressing the Youth Conference, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh lauded the holding of Youth Conference. “Such platforms are need of the hour to give right direction to youth of the country especially in this crucial time”. “We have 64 per cent of youth in our country and such a large number of young people can change the fate of the country if they managed to utilise their abilities and potential properly”.   Adnan Arshad Aulakh further said: “Our youth must realize its responsibilities. Through sheer hard work, our youth can surpass every kind of hurdles”. Aulakh said Sports Board Punjab was making effective efforts to provide sufficient sports facilities to youth of the province. “Sports activities are must for healthy youth. We are also going to launch youth policy in near future”.   Highlighting Punjab govt’s measures for the bright future of youth, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh said: “Punjab government recently launched Youth Portal. Our youth can utilise various facilities such as skill development, entrepreneurship and job opportunities etc with a single click in Punjab Youth Portal”. He also visited various departments of Punjab E-Library where Head Librarian Asif Bilal briefed him about different features and functions of E-Library.

Cricket15 Oct 2019

Ahmed Shehzad 111 help Central Punjab chase Northern 222
Ahmed Shehzad’s 111 help Central Punjab chase Northern’s 222    Our Sports Reporter October 15, 2019 FAISALABAD-An unbeaten 111 from 63 balls by Ahmed Shehzad helped Central Punjab to a four-wicket win over Northern in the fifth fixture of the ongoing National T20 Cup at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium.   Set a target of 223, Central Punjab chased down the total on the penultimate ball of the match. Opener Ahmed played an instrumental role in the run-chase, hitting 13 fours and three sixes to guide his team to their first win of the tournament. The next best scorer in the Central Punjab’s innings was Saad Nasim, who made 29 from 20 balls with three fours and a six.   Faheem Ashraf lofted two sixes and a four in his 28, which came off 16 balls. Northern’s captain Imad Wasim was the pick of the bowlers with three for 38.   That Northern had set 222 for six in 20 overs – after deciding to bat - was because of Asif Ali, who struck a blistering 93 off 35 balls with four fours and 10 sixes.   Mohammad Nawaz scored 51 off 35 balls, cracking four sixes and a four as the pair stitched a 107-run partnership for the third-wicket. Faheem took three wickets for 44 runs. Waqas Maqsood, Nasim Shah and Usman Qadir took a wicket each.   Scores in brief:   Northern 222-6, 20 overs (Asif Ali 93, Mohammad Nawaz 51, Umar Amin 38, Imad Wasim 22; Faheem Ashraf 3-44)   Central Punjab 226-6, 19.5 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 111, Saad Nasim 29, Faheem Ashraf 28, Rizwan Hussain 20; Imad Wasim 3-38, Sohail Tanvir 2-50)  

Tennis15 Oct 2019

Salim visits PTF
Salim visits PTF Our Sports Reporter October 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD-Salim Saifullah Khan, President Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) visited PTF Tennis Complex Islamabad today to witness the Junior Tennis Initiative Program where student from Schools participated in the training under the JTI National Coordinator Hamid Niaz, NDD PTF/Head coach of NTC Asim Shafik, NTC Assistant coach Azim Khan and Regional JTI Coordinator Masood Abbasi.   He interacted with the students undergoing the JTI introductory training session. The students also took photographs with the President PTF, who appreciated their interest in the game of Tennis which is very essential besides generating healthy activities but also building of character and leadership traits of the students.   The President also witnessed some matches being played at the ITA-SNGPL ITF PAKISTAN JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS-2019 and interacted with the foreign players and their parents/coaches. The foreign players and their parents showed great satisfaction on the conduct of the event and also the state of the art courts. They said that they have been extended all possible hospitability by the Pakistanis and they feel at home.

Tennis15 Oct 2019

ITA-SNGPL ITF PAKISTAN JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 Unseeded Jang Soo topples second seeded Meshkato in straight sets  By Abdul Jabbar Faisal October, 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD-    As many as sixteen matches have been decided on the second of second leg of the ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships, as close contests were seen on the synthetic surface of Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad on Tuesday.   A major upset was made in the Girls Singles event when 2nd Seed Safi Meshkatolzahra was eliminated by unseeded talented Jang Soo Ha (KOR) in two straight sets match 6-3, 6-1.  Jang Soo-Ha (KOR) is a daughter of Pakistan National belongs to KP. Another thrilling match of the day was played between Thouard Clemence (FRA) and Mahin Qureshi (PAK) which was won Thouard Clemence (FRA) in exciting two sets match 7-6(3), 7-6(3). Whereas Top seed Aysegul Mert (TUR), 3rd Seed Valitova Arina (RUS), 4th Seed Choi Ji-Woo (KOR)  moved into the quarter final in straight set match.   In the Boys Singles, unseeded Kang Gunuk (KOR) caused a major set when he eliminated 4th Seed Knese Luca Mmanuel (GER) in straight set match 6-0, 7-6(4), Top seed Webb Daniel (GBR), 2nd Seed Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK), 3rd Seed Min-Joon KIM (KOR), 5th Seed Nouman Aftab (PAK), 6thSeed Shoaib Khan (PAK), 7th Seed  Saqib Hayat (PAK) and 8th seed Kamil Ahmed (PAK) advanced into Quarter finals by beating their respective opponents in one sided affairs.  Shoaib Khan (PAK) comfortably breeze in to quarter final by beating the last week finalist of ITF Pakistan Kim Dong Hwan (KOR) 6-0, 6-4. Shoaib Khan (PAK) will face top Seed Daniel Webb (GBR) in 1st Quarter Final, second seed Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) will face Ahmed Kamil (PAK).   Results:   Boy’s Singles (2nd Round) Webb Daniel (GBR) beat Lai Yu-Shun (TPE) 6-4, 6-2; Shaoib Khan (PAK) beat Kim Dong Hwan (KOR) 6-0, 6-4; Kang Gunuk (KOR) beat Knese Luca Mmanuel (GER) 6-0, 7-6(4); M. Nouman Aftab (PAK) beat Giri Aryan (NEP) 7-5, 6-2; Saqib Hayat (PAK) beat Sami Zeb Khan (PAK) 6-4, 6-3; Kim Min-Joon (KOR) beat Ahmed Nael Qureshi (PAK) 6-0, 6-0; Ahmed Kamil (PAK) beat Lu Chen Yu (TPE) 6-4, 6-1.   Girls Singles (1st Round) Aysegul Mert (TUR) beat Abbas Aliya (MDA) 6-0, 6-2; Cheraghi Dorsa (IRI) beat Asim Zoha 6-2, 6-2; Choi Ji-Woo (KOR) beat Shen Hannah Kaile (HKG) 6-1, 7-6(3);  Thouard Clemence (FRA) beat Mahin Qureshi (PAK) 7-6(3), 7-6(3); Khanloo Mahta (IRI) beat Jawad Imsha (PAK) 6-0, 6-0; Valitova Arina (RUS) beat Sazanova Asima (KAZ) 6-4, 6-2; Elmas Leyla Nilufer (TUR) beat Shima Durab (PAK) 6-1, 6-2; Jang Soo Ha (KOR) beat Safi Meshkatolzahra (IRI) 6-3, 6-1.   Boy’s Doubles (1st Round) Zalan Khan (PAK) / Dong Hwan KIM (KOR) beat Abdullah Khan (PAK) / Ibrahim Khan (PAK) 6-3, 6-1 Lai Yu-Shun (TPE) / LU Chen-Yu (TPE) beat Osama Khan (PAK) / Ahmed Nael (PAK) 6-0 6-1; Boy’s Doubles (Quarter Final) Shoaib Khan (PAK) / Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) beat Yu-Shun Lai (TPE) / Chen Yu-Lu (TPE) 6-1, 6-3 Saqib Hayat (PAK) / M.Nauman Aftab (PAK) beat Ahmed Kamil (PAK) / Subhan Bin Salik (PAK) 7-6(1) 6-4 Doubles (Quarter Finals) Aysegul Mert (TUR) / Leyla Nilufer Elmas (TUR) beat Zoha Asim (PAK) / Asima Sazanova (KAZ) 6-0, 6-0

Taekwondo14 Oct 2019

Punjabs 450-member contingent to participate in 33 rd National Games 2019
Punjab’s 450-member contingent to participate in 33 rd  National Games 2019 Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti  Our Staff Reporter LAHORE: (Oct 14, 2019): Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti on Monday announced that Punjab’s 450-member contingent would take part in the 33rd National Games scheduled to be staged at Peshawar from Oct 26 to Nov 1, 2019. He was addressing a largely-attended press conference at National Hockey Stadium. Secretary Pakistan Olympic Association Khalid Mehmood, President Punjab Olympic Association Aamir Jan, Secretary Sports Punjab Nadeem Mehboob, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, Secretary Punjab Olympic Association Idris Haider Kh, Director Admin Javed Chohan, Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti and other top officials were also present on this occasion.   Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti hoped that the upcoming National Games would prove to be game changer for the future of sports in the country. “We are quite hopeful that Punjab athletes will offer encouraging performances in the National Games”. Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti thanked Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for granting huge amount for the preparation of Punjab contingent for the National Games.   President Punjab Olympic Association Aamir Jan, on this occasion also expressed his gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for releasing funds for preparation and participation in National Games.  “Punjab players will participate in National Games with full preparation. The players for Punjab teams will be selected purely on merit and there will be no compromise in this regard”. President Punjab Olympic Association Aamir Jan informed that a 450-member Punjab contingent would feature in 33rd National Games under the leadership of Punjab Minister for Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Secretary Pakistan Olympic Association Khalid Mehmood said on this occasion that all the sports associations had been invited to participate in the National Games. Secretary Punjab Olympic Association Idris Haider Kh, on this occasion vowed to provide best facilities to members of Punjab contingent.

Tennis14 Oct 2019

ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships
ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships All top seeded players move into next round By Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:- (October 14, 2019):  As many as 12 matches were played on the opening day of second leg of the ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships and all the seeded players moved into the second round by beating their respective opponents in straight sets at Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad on Monday. Double draw of Boys & Girls were also took place in presence of players at Referee office. Defending champion Shoaib Khan, who is paring with Huzaifa Abdul Rehman are second seed whereas Daniel Webb (GBR) and Knese Luca Emanuel (GER) are top seed in the Doubles event.  In the Girls Doubles Khanloo Mahta (IRI) and Safi Meshkatolzahra (IRI) are top seed and Choi Ji-Woo (KOR) and Jang Soo Ha (KOR) are second seed. Results: Boy’s Singles 1st Round: Lai Yu-Shun (TPE) beat Osama Khan (PAK) 6-1, 6-1; Kim Dong Hwan (KOR) beat Zalan Khan (PAK) 6-1, 6-3; Soahib Khan (PAK) beat Subhan Bin Salik (PAK) 6-2, 6-1; Kang Gunuk (KOR) beat Hamid Israr Gul (PAK) 6-0, 6-1; Giri Aryan (NEP) beat Abdullah Khan (PAK) 6-0, 6-2; Muhammad Nouman Aftab (PAK) beat Muhammad Huzaifa Khan (PAK) 6-0, 6-1; Saqib Hayat (PAK) beat Ibrahim Khan (PAK) 6-3, 6-4; Sami Zeb Khan (PAK) beat Shamsutdinov Oybekmirzo (UZB) 6-3, 6-2; Ahmed Nael Qureshi (PAK) beat Yahya Luni (PAK) 6-3, 6-0; Ahmed Kamil (PAK) beat Muhammad Haidn (PAK) 6-1, 6-0; Lu Chen-Yu (TPE) beat Hyyat Jawad (PAK) 6-0, 6-0; Tootoonchi Moghadam (IRI) beat Muhammad Talha Khan 6-3, 6-3. Boy’s Doubles (1st Round) Sami Zeb Khan (PAK) / Erkin Tootoonchi Moghadam (IRI) beat M.Huzaifa Khan (PAK) / M.Talha Khan (PAK) 6-1, 6-1; Ahmed Kamil (PAK) / Subhan Bin Salik (PAK) beat Aryan Giri (NEP) / Hamid Israr Gul (PAK) 6-1, 6-2;