Islamabad win Blind Cricket League

LAHORE - Islamabad Lions defeated Bahawalpur Falcons by 15 runs to clinch the 2nd Blind Cricket Premiere League title at Saif Shaheed Sports Stadium, Bahawalpur Cantt. Islamabad, put into bat first, scored 174-7 in 20 overs. Zahid Mehmood hammered 70 runs and Amir Ishfaq 24. Bahawalpur, in reply, were all out for 159 runs in 19.5 overs. Zafar and Ayyaz scored 32 runs each. Zeeshan Abbasi grabbed three wickets and was named man of the match. Pakistan Army GOC 26 Mechanized Divisions Major General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood and PBCC chairman Syed Sultan Shah were the chief guests and distributed prizes amongst the players. Man of the tournament was M Waqas in B1 category, Anees Javed in B2 category and M Arkam in B3 category. Zeeshan Gul was adjudged as the best wicketkeeper of the tournament.–Staff Reporter

Jujitsu coaches’ camp concludes

LAHORE – The jujitsu coaching camp, which was organised jointly by Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and Punjab Jujitsu Association (PJA), concluded here Thursday at SBP Gymnasium Hall. Consul General Iran M Hossain Bani Asadi was the chief guest and distributed certificates among the participants. Addressing the participants, Hossain lauded SBP role for promotion of sports in the country. He also congratulated Pakistan players M Ammar and Abu Huraira for winning silver medal in the World Jujitsu Championship. The chief guest also announced to hold a reception in honour of Pakistan jujitsu team next week at the Iranian consulate. Pakistan Jujitsu Federation (PJF) president Khalil Ahmed expressed his gratitude to the SBP DG for extending cooperation for holding 10-day camp.–Staff Reporter

Athletes are ambassadors, says Ganjera

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera has termed athletes as country’s ambassadors and if provided them with facilities, they can earn laurels for the country at international stage. He was chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony held at Pak Turk International School/College in honor of Pakistan's gold and bronze medal winners Muneeza Hashmi and Imaan Khursheed, who represented the country in International Rope Skipping Championship 2015 held in Dubai last month. Ganjera lauded the efforts of the school in promoting sports. He assured that the PSB would lend a helping hand to athletes in best possible way. Later, he awarded shields and prizes to Muneeza and Imaan.–Staff Reporter

Pak jr girls team named for Asian Netball

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) has announced the national junior girls’ team which will feature in the 9th Asian Junior Girls Netball Championship to be played at Hong Kong from December 14-20. Anum Salam will lead the side while Kashia Asif will be her deputy. The other members of the 10-member team are Yusra Shoaib, Fatima Ansarim, Sara, Asmat Rehmat, Laila Fareed, Sakina Shabbir, Submal Zehra and Ayesha Asid. Anusha Rehman is standby player while Shazia Yousaf is coach and M Rizwan manager. Talking to The Nation PNF chief Mudassar Arain said: “The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) have issued NOC for the team’s participation. In this mega event, 12 teams taking part and Singapore team is defending champion. Pakistan team will play its first match against Hong Kong on December 14 followed by second match against Thailand on December 16. Mudaessar hopes the team will perform to a high level in the event as it is fully prepared for the event. “I am thankful to PSB DG Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera and DDG Facilities Agha Amjedullah for visiting training camp and bucking up players and providing tracksuits for the team and officials.”–Staff Reporter