ISLAMABAD - The 1st PDSA All-Pakistan National Disabled Badminton Championship quarterfinal stage, which commenced on Saturday, will conclude today (Sunday) here at the Rodham Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex.

Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera graced the occasion as chief guest. Pakistan Disabled Sports Association (PDSA) patron Sheikh Baser Daud, chairman Sheikh Abdul Waheed, secretary Nasir Mehmood Ch, women wing chairperson Naina Ali, PSB Deputy Director General Agha Amjadullah, Assistant Director Malik Imtiaz Hussain and others were also present on the occasion.

Chief guest Ganjera termed the disabled players as very able and skilled persons and said: “It is not fair to call them disabled as they have shown tremendous fighting skills and are not lesser than the normal players. I am quite surprised to witness them while playing as I was not expecting the players with one arm or one leg could even move freely. In fact, they have won our hearts.”

“We always render support to Special Olympics, disabled sports, blind, wheelchair sports and we will continue to provide complete facilities to these great players who are ambassadors of the country. The PSB’s doors, facilities and work force are always available to the PDSA, who are doing great job under Shiekh Waheed. My sincere wishes are with the PDSA and I hope they will carry on good work in other sports as well,” he added.

PDSA chairman Abdul Waheed thanked the PSB DG, Agha Amjed, Malik Imtiaz and his entire team for wonderful hospitality and was full of praise for RISJA for its unconditional support and making disabled event such a huge success. “Without RISJA and PSB support, we can't even think about conducting the event, as we don’t have such resources and a group of friends are bearing all the expenses and working for a noble cause,” he said.

PDSA secretary Nasir Chaudhry informed about the future plan of the PDSA including the National Disabled Cricket Championship, commence in October in all the major cities of the country, while semifinals and mega final will be held in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Farooq Ali, Rana Waqas, Zeeshan Gohar and Hafiz Mujtaba reached the National Disabled Badminton Championship men singles semi-finals. In the quarter-finals, Farooq Ali beat Saif 21-10, Rana Waqas beat Rashid 21-14, Zeeshan beat Alamgir 21-14 and Hafiz Mujtaba beat Qaiser 21-9. Rana Hamid and Mujtaba, Sajid Shah and Rashid, Farooq Ali and Qaiser, Simon and Saif Doger qualified for the men’s doubles semi-finals. Today (Sunday), the semi-finals will start at 11am while the final will be played at 5pm. Islamabad Chamber of Commerce (ICCI) Founder Group chairman Abdul Rauf Alam will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony and distribute prizes and trophies among the winners and runners-up.