Aug 252017
PSB awards cash prizes to medallists

KARACHI: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) on late Thursday night awarded cash prizes to the medallists of 12th South Asian Games and 5th Asian Beach Games at a special ceremony organised at the Board’s headquarters in Islamabad. The winners of gold medals were handed over Rs1 million each, the silver medallists got Rs500,000 each, while Rs250,000 each went to the bronze medallists.The federal minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Pirzada handed over cheques to the medallists. The function was also attended by the officials of national federations, top officials of IPC and the PSB.The families of the medallists also attended the function which was held quite late due to budgetary issues. Pakistan hockey team, which had lifted gold in the South Asian Games in India, had been extended cash prizes last year at a reception extended in honour of the squad by former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who was patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). Pakistan had captured 12 gold, 37 silver and 57 bronze medals in the South Asian Games. In the Asian Beach Games Pakistan had claimed two gold, three silver and six bronze.The gold medallist squash player Nasir Iqbal did not get his prize as he has already been banned after failing a dope test. Lianna Swan, Dubai-based Pakistani swimmer, also received her cheques for lifting one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the South Asian Games. She had come from London where she studies. Lianna, who was part of Pakistan’s squad in the 2016 [Read More…]

Jul 192017
Wrestlers begin training from August 1

KARACHI: National wrestlers will assemble in Islamabad on August 1 to begin their preparation for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from September 17-27. “We have already picked grapplers and will begin our preparation from August 1 in Islamabad,” Pakistan Wrestling Federation’s (PWF) secretary Arshad Sattar told ‘The News’ on Wednesday. This is the first time that belt wrestling has come in the administrative control of the United World Wrestling and so is part of the Ashgabat event. And that is why a heavy wrestling squad of Pakistan would be fielding in the competitions. “We will be fielding a 42-member wrestling contingent in these Games,” said Arshad, a former wrestler.“Three wrestlers will feature in freestyle wrestling, three in Greco-Roman style and 27 grapplers in belt wrestling. These include four female wrestlers. Two managers and seven coaches will accompany the wrestlers,” Arshad revealed. He said the experienced and fancied wrestlers had been selected for the Olympic style wrestling. “The country’s premier wrestler Mohammad Inam, the 2017 Islamic Games bronze medallist Abdul Wahab and Mohammad Bilal will show their worth in freestyle wrestling. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist Azhar Hussain, Shoukat and Umair will try their luck in Greco-Roman style,” Arshad said. “These were the top choices and cream of the country. It’s very tough because the standard of Asia is very high but still we are confident that our crop will perform well,” he said.“Inam is our top wrestler. He is highly experienced and [Read More…]

Jul 032017
Pak volleyball team to tour Qatar

KARACHI: Pakistan volleyball team will tour Qatar for a few practice matches ahead of the Asian Championship to be held in Indonesia from July 24 to August 1. “Yes, we have arranged a tour for our side. Our team will move to Qatar on July 16 for four to five nights. It will play at least four matches in Doha,” Pakistan Volleyball Federation’s (PVF) chairman Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqoob told ‘The News’ on Monday. “We had requested Qatar and they cooperated. They also invited Iraq and now a small tournament among the three nations will also be held in Doha,” Yaqoob said. “From there the team will move to Indonesia on July 20 or 21,” the official said. “You know such training tours are very important ahead of any international event. It will help the boys ahead of the tough assignment in Indonesia,” Yaqoob added. Pakistan have been bracketed in Group B with the last edition’s runners-up Iran, Chinese Taipei and Iraq. Yaqoob said that the 14-member team would be announced soon. “The selectors will soon sit with the coach for this purpose,” he added.Iranian coach Hamid Movahedi is supervising the camp at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad. The coach will be accompanied on the tour by two assistant caches, a manager and an analyst, who also belongs to Iran. The same analyst served Pakistan at the Islamic Games held in Baku from May 12-22. After Pakistan put up an impressive show in the Islamic Games and then the World [Read More…]

May 022017
?PSB confident it will send contingent to Baku?

KARACHI: A senior official of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) was confident it would send the national contingent to Baku for the Islamic Games, which would be held in Azerbaijan capital from May 12-22. “We are in constant touch with the PSB and the Board is very confident about sending the contingent to Baku,” POA secretary Khalid Mehmood told ‘The News’ from Lahore. “By tomorrow evening things relating to accounts and tickets will become clear,” he said. He said that around 12 and a half million rupees would be sent to the organisers for board and lodging. “We have done everything on our part. The accreditation cards have been issued to our athletes and officials and we are in contact with the organisers of the Games,” Khalid added. He said that Pakistan’s contingent would have 220 members, including 160 players. He said that the names of the chef de mission and contingent secretary and other officials would soon be unveiled. “We are going to have a meeting on May 5 in which the names of the contingent’s officials will be decided,” Khalid said. He said that Pakistan would compete in 15 disciplines, including zurkhaneh, a sport for which entries have been sent through Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) because of the absence of a federation in Pakistan for this sport. A former kabaddi official Arab Naseer was running a zurkhaneh federation but it was disbanded when he left for Canada. Pakistan’s contingent will [Read More…]

Apr 302017
Shahbaz to get Pirzada back

KARACHI: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is determined to bring back the disgruntled federal minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Pirzada, who resigned the other day. A source told ‘The News’ on Sunday that Shahbaz had advised Pirzada that he should not give any statement to media as he was going to resolve the issue as soon as possible. “Shahbaz Sharif has already contacted Pirzada and he will come to Islamabad on Tuesday and will tackle Pirzada’s issue,” the source said. The surprising suspension of the Director General of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera forced Pirzada to quit. He pointed out to the Prime Minister in his resignation letter that he had not been treated fairly by the PM’s Principal Secretary. Because of this development, the PSB postponed the Quaid-e-Azam Games.  The issue put the PSB in deep trouble as it does not know how to send the national contingent to Baku for Islamic Games, slated to be held from May 12-22. Khayyal Zad Gul, the joint secretary of the CCI, has been given additional charge of DG PSB. Khayyal is also acting as joint secretary of the IPC. Click for detailed story

Apr 262017
PSB DG Ganjera suspended

KARACHI: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) received a major blow on Wednesday when its Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera was suspended for charges which have not been disclosed. Highly credible sources told ‘The News’ that the Establishment Division had conveyed the order of the Prime Minister’s secretariat about the suspension of the PSB boss to the ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) and the ministry had passed on the order to Ganjera who is due to retire in March next year. A source said that the suspension came in the light of a report submitted by the head of the Prime Minister’s task force for sports. Ijaz Gul, very close to the PM, is the head of the task force which has been formed for developing some indigenous sports disciplines. The source said that Ganjera had been suspended for three months and an immediate inquiry had been ordered. However, the source added, the two letters do not say anything about what mistake(s) Ganjera made. ‘The News’ also learnt that the suspension order has upset the federal minister for IPC Riaz Hussain Pirzada, who is a strong supporter of Ganjera. A source said that Pirzada was trying to meet the PM and if his meeting was arranged the decision could be reversed. There was no statement about who would be given the charge in place of Ganjera. “It is not yet clear who will be made acting Director General,” the PSB source said. This is the second time that Ganjera has been [Read More…]

Apr 122017
Four weightlifters to compete in Asian Seniors C?ship

KARACHI: Pakistan will field four weightlifters in the Asian Seniors Weightlifting Championship which will be held in Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat from April 21-29. A top official of Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF) told ‘The News’ on Wednesday that the squad would leave for Turkmenistan via Dubai on April 20 from Faisalabad and reach the destination after 12 hours because of a long stopover at the Dubai Airport. The federation is taking time before disclosing the squad because of the National Inter-Department Championship which began at the Railways Stadium, Lahore, on Wednesday. “We will disclose the squad for the Turkmenistan event in a couple of days,” the PWF secretary Amjad Amin Butt told this correspondent. Pakistan is also expected to field four weightlifters in the Islamic Games to be held in Azerbaijan capital Baku from May 12-22. “We may field four players in Islamic Games. We have sent the names of the probable players but it is not clear how many weightlifters we will be able to field in the Games,” Butt said. It has been learnt that separate squads will be fielded in the Asian Championship and the Islamic Games. Pakistan weightlifters will also be taking part in the Commonwealth Championship in Australia in October. The event will also serve as qualifiers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will also be held in Australia. Pakistan will field eight weightlifters in the Commonwealth Championship. Butt is confident about the team. “We will field our full squad of eight weightlifters and I hope [Read More…]

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