Shahnaz announced DHAR chief unopposed

ISLAMABAD - Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh assumed the charge of president District Hockey Association Rawalpindi (DHAR) unopposed as previous president M Akhlaq Usmani tendered his resignation due to domestic issues. DHA Rawalpindi general council meeting was convened by senior vice president Zaheer-ul-Haq on Tuesday at Shahnaz Sheikh Hockey Stadium, in which 11 registered clubs’ representatives participated. The participants discussed in detail Akhlaq Usmani's resignation and paid great homage to his tireless and matchless services. It was decided to accept the resignation as Akhlaq Usmani had some issues of great importance to settle down. It was decided to elect new president and the meeting started, DHA secretary proposed Shahnaz Shiekh's name for president slot, which was supported by chairman Perviaz Aslam Kiyani. All the participants endorsed Shahnaz’ name, who was declared president unopposed. The participants were off the view Shahnaz Sheikh would utilize his energies to lift the standard of hockey in the district and players would be provided with opportunities to show case their skills at national and international level, like in the past Rawalpindi was known for producing players. Shahnaz thanked participants for posing confidence in his abilities and termed we would revive hockey with joint efforts and hopefully Rawalpindi players would soon represent country in national and international events, while Akhlaq Usmani was named as patron in chief of DHA.–Staff Reporter

Karim beat Indian in Soochi Olympics

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani skier Olympian M Karim, who represented Pakistan in Soochi Winter Olympics 2014 achieved another milestone as he beat Indian skier M Arif in the giant slalom even at Asian Alpine Ski Championship 2015, held in Korea. Karim started his run with tremendous power and technique and clinched 13th position whereas Indian international skier M Arif captured 14th position whereas another Pakistani skier Mir Nawaz grabbed 16th. Indian participated with four experienced skiers, in which other two skiers disqualified from the race. Total 35 competitors from 23 countries of Asia participated in the giant slalom. Korean skiers, who had benefit of home ground, won gold and bronze, while silver went to Iranian skiers. In ladies competition, 23 participants participated. Ammina Walli and Fatima Sohail could get 14 and 23rd positions. Pakistan for the very first time took part in female category. Ski Federation of Pakistani (SFP) spokesman Obaid-ur-Rehman Abbasi said: “The performance of Pakistani contingent is encouraging and we are happy that Karim has done well, while Nawaz and two girls performance is also encouraging. Indian players who trained abroad for years and got practice throughout the year from renowned international coaches yet they could not beat young Karim. –Staff Reporter

Lin Dan still the best, says Gade

BIRMINGHAM - Lin Dan's return to the All-England Open for the first time in three years on Wednesday should show, despite his spasmodic appearances these days, that he is still the world's best player. In the process, the Olympic champion from China could help the famous 116-year-old tournament clarify the confused picture at the top of the men's game, at a time when the new Olympic qualifying period is only a few weeks away. So says Peter Gade, who insists that badminton needs a period of competitive stability which Lin Dan and this year's All-England might help provide. "It's been the strangest transformation recently," claimed Dane. "There's a huge group of about 12 or 13 players who can beat each other, but hopefully we will see a much clearer picture before the Olympics. The game needs that."–AFP

Maj Gen Amir honours Aamir Atlas

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's top squash player Aamir Atlas Khan was honored by Major General Amir Aslam Khan, GOC 15 Division Sialkot Cantt at squash event in Sialkot where he was invited as special guest. Talking to The Nation, Aamir said: “I am humbled as Maj Gen Amir invited me and gave me due respect and recognised my services for the country. We have discussed in detail ways to promote squash in the country.” He added: “Gen Amir wants to hold national and international squash events in Sialkot and is ready to fully support those events. He also promised to lend a helping hand to deserving senior and junior players. I am very grateful to him for awarding cash of Rs 50,000. He also promised to support me in future too. I am looking forward to play active role in promoting squash in Sialkot.”–Staff Reporter

KP, FATA win in National Jr Basketball

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad, KP, FATA and POF Tuesday carved out victories on the inaugural day of the National Junior Basketball Championship 2015 at POF Sports Complex, Wah. A total of six matches were played on the opening day of the event. In the first match, Islamabad outlasted hosts POF 44-28. In the second match, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa thrashed sorry Balochistan by 33-6. Balochistan players had no answer to the KP players' awesome display of high quality basketball. In the third match, FATA defeated Sindh by a narrow margin of only five baskets. Fata managed to score 55 baskets, while Sindh fell short of just five. In the fourth match, POF overwhelmed Balochistan 31-8. In the fifth match, KP defeated Islamabad 52-42. In the sixth and last match of the day, FATA beat Punjab 55-28.–Staff Reporter