LAHORE-The 1st International PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Competition 2016 will stroll into action today (Tuesday) here at the Ayub Stadium.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, ISPR Director Brig Anwaar Ahmed announced that all the participating teams have reached, who will contest in the categories of push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups and combat efficiency test at three different venues. “To generate public interest, Pakistan Army will also organise a mini marathon on the last day of the event on October 23. The participants from all age groups and genders will participate in the marathon.

“Soldiers participating from armies teams of United Kingdom, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Nepal and Sri Lanka is manifestation of Pak Army standard of professionalism and fitness,” he added.

On the occasion, Director PACES Brig (R) Yousaf informed media that PACES, a new regime of physical training, was introduced in Pakistan Army in 2010 and during these six years it contributed marvelously in enhancing physical fitness, combat efficiency, competitive spirit and sports culture among all ranks of Pakistan Army. “Physical fitness and strength of body muscles are the hallmark in the profession of Arms as all their training activities revolve around combat environment in line with the fundamental traits of physical strength and endurance,” he emphasised.