Australian delegation to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Australian delegation led by Australian Squash CEO Richard will reach here tomorrow (Thursday) to sign an agreement to promote Pakistani squash. PSF honorary secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz said the delegation would hold a press briefing in this regard. “Australian government, squash association and an NGO namely Sport Matters have picked Pakistan squash for this purpose, as they are fully aware about Pakistan’s dominance in the squash for decades. “In the first phase, they will pick 16 university students, who will be provided awareness on gender equality, health and education through squash. The players pool will be extended to around 400. The WSF is also on board and they will also lend help to the PSF,” Amir concluded.–Staff Reporter



IFA delegation accorded warm welcome

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad Football Association (IFA) 22-member delegation returned home from China on Tuesday morning. Pakistan did well in the China International Junior Football Tournament, which was played at Beijing from October 26 to 30. IFA team played the semifinal, which was a huge achievement by the youngsters, who, for the very first time, were provided with the opportunity of showcasing their skills at international level. The IFA delegation was accorded warm welcome at airport. IFA head coach Asif Hammad said Korea won the title, Germany got second position while IFA Pakistan obtained fourth positions. “Performance of our team was good at this stage because players practiced in one-week training camp. All the players of IFA team were U-17, while other teams players were U-19,” he added.–Staff Reporter



Poor-performing Pak judokas return home

ISLAMABAD - A three-member Pakistan judo team returned home on Tuesday after featuring in Judo Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2016 that concluded on Monday. Pakistan’s Naeem Akram (-73kg), Qaisar Khan (-81kg) and Wajahat Sarwar (-100kg) represented the country in the event. But they remained unable to impress and were out of the event after their initial fights. “Naeem and Wajahat were out of the event after the first round, while Qaisar, who received bye in the first round, was out after the second round,” PJF vice president Masood Ahmed said. Nadeem was defeated by Azerbaijan’s Fagan Gulzada, who finished fifth in the event, while Qasair Khan was downed by Frank de Wit of Netherland, who finished second and Wajahat was beaten by Aibek Serikbayev of Kazakhstan, who finished third in the event.–Staff Reporter





Rashid in ITF Senior Tennis 45 plus final

LAHORE - Top seed Rashid Malik Tuesday qualified for the 45 plus age group final of the 3rd Maple Leaf Cement ITF Seniors World Ranking Tennis Tournament being played here at the PLTA tennis courts. Rashid thumped Tanveer Haral 6-2, 6-3 in the first semifinal while in the second semifinal, Israr Gul of KP routed Irfan Ullah 6-3, 6-1 and set final date against Rashid. In 35 plus age group first quarterfinal, M Arif downed Asghar Ali Khan 6-1, 6-4. Hassan Syed beat Humayon Rana 6-1, 7-6, Shahzad Khan got walk over against Ali Haider and Sheharyar Salamat outpaced Yawar Ali 6-2, 6-1. In 50 plus age group round robin match, Inam Ullah defeated Ali Qayyum 6-4, 6-4. In 55 plus age group singles quarterfinals, Noman Aleem Durrani thrashed Saeed Ikram 6-0, 6-1 while Dr Pervaiz Iftikhar Ch got walk over.–Staff Reporter




LAHORE: SBP Director General Zulfiqar Ahmad Ghumman poses with hockey players before their participation in the 7th Inter Schools and Colleges Games.