Nishan-e-Haider Hockey final today
LAHORE - PIA will take on Wapda in the 9th Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament final to be played today (Thursday) at Muttihullah Hockey Stadium. The first semifinal between PIA and NBP provided real entertainment to the large crowd gathered at the Stadium. Akhtar Ali scored the first goal in the 15th minute through a field goal for NBP. The bankers maintained their supremacy till the end of the first half. PIA’s Shafqat Rasool got a penalty corner in the 48th minute to level the score 1-1. In the second half, PIA’s full back Ahsanullah scored a goal in the 66th minute which proved a match-winning goal as PIA beat NBP 2-1 to qualify for the final. In the second semifinal, Wapda played well against defensive Army (Red) and won the second semi-final 5-3 to book berth for the final.–Staff Reporter


37 players named from countrywide trials
LAHORE - The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced the names of 37 players picked up from the countrywide trials held to identify fresh hockey talent. The PHF spokesman said here on Wednesday that the open trials were organised from April 22-29 across the country. National selection committee headed by Islahuddin Siddiqui, along with selectors Arshad Ali Ch, Ayaz Mahmood, Khalid Bashir and Musaddiq Hussain, witnessed and observed trials in the presence of Shahnaz Sheikh (manager/ head coach national team). The training camp of national senior probables preparing for participation in the 17th Asian Games – Incheon/South Korea from September 19 to October 4 will be established at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad on May 4, the PHF spokesman concluded.–Staff Reporter


Committee to improve domestic structure
LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday formed a four-member committee to work on the domestic cricket structure with a view to make improvements and optimizing the available resources. “A presentation on domestic cricket structure was given by Director Game Development Haroon Rashid to PCB chairman Najam Sethi and some members of the PCB management committee and after deliberations, the PCB chief has constituted a committee,” said the PCB spokesman here. Zaheer Abbas heads the committee whose other members are Shakil Shaikh, Iqbal Qasim and Haroon Rasheed. The committee will look at the issues being faced in domestic cricket including the role of departments, regions and districts and will make recommendations for making improvements in the structure,” he added.–Staff Reporter


Pakistan to host West Asia Rugby in June
LAHORE - Pakistan will host the West Asia Rugby Tournament to be held here in June this year. The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) has awarded the event to Pakistan which will be participated by four countries. It was announced in the Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) executive council meeting attended by its president Fawzi Khawaja, secretary Arif Saeed, Maj Gen (r) M Ashraf, DIG Shahzad Sultan, Rizwan Malik, Yahya Bhatti, Tariq Pervez, Noor Aslam and other members. A three-member selection committee was also approved by the executive council to select the Pakistan team after observing the players during the camp. The committee will be headed by PRU technical director Roger Coombs, who will also be head coach of Pakistan team. Chris Kumereoa and Arif Saeed are other members of the committee.–Staff Reporter


SBP honours cyclists for noble cause
LAHORE - The team of eight cyclists, who are on a mission to develop awareness for sport, good health and war against drugs, left for Gujranwala Wednesday. DG Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar saw the cyclists off to their ultimate destiny Islamabad. The cyclists reached Lahore from Muzaffargarh on April 28. Before leaving for Gujranwala, the cyclists also had a meeting with Usman Anwar, who told them that the the SBP was doing its best to provide the youngster a proper platform to excel in different fields of life. “The PYF 2014 is part of the same plan during which the youth have shown to the world that they are the most disciplined nation,” he maintained. Later before seeing them off to Gujranwala, Usman Anwar gave souvenir to the cyclists.–Staff Reporter