Korea seeks foreign athletes for 2018 Games

SEOUL - South Korea is to naturalise a German luge racer, officials said Friday, in a bid to pack its winter sports stable with more foreign talent ahead of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. "The justice ministry endorsed a recommendation made by the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) for the naturalisation of Aileen Frisch," KOC spokesman Park Dong-Hee said. Frisch still needs to pass a final interview set for sometime later this month, he said. Once she passes the interview, she will receive dual citizenship and be qualified from January to compete for South Korea in international events including the 2018 Winter Games. The 24-year-old retired from luge racing after failing to make the German national team for the 2015-16 season. She was approached by Korean sports officials last year.–AFP



Classic, Punjab Club enter Super-8 round

ISLAMABAD – Top eight teams qualified for the Super-8 round of Islamabad Cricket Association (ICA) Cricket Championship 2016. The super-8 round will commence from today (Saturday) while the eight teams are divided into two pools, Pool-A consists of Islamabad Greeners, Majid Memorial, Punjab and XI-Star and Pool-B has Islamabad Gymkhana, Classic, Asif Memorial and Islamabad Hawks. Earlier on Friday, two matches were played on different venues. In the first match, Classic Club thrashed Millat Club by 230 runs to storm into Super-8 round. Young Rohail Nazir hit 112 while Hamza Ahmed claimed 5-27. In another match, Punjab Club defeated National Club by 4 wickets with Abdul Wasay taking a 4-wicket haul and Syed Muzammil Shah hit polished 72 and Rizwan Ali quickfire 67.–Staff Reporter



Chatha takes lead in tenpin bowling event

ISLAMABAD – M Hussain Chatha Friday led the pack on the inaugural day of the 10th Islamabad Master Singles Tenpin Bowling Championship 2016, which began here at Leisure City Bowling Club on late Thursday night. A large number of bowlers have been participating in the event from the twin cities. Chahtha was occupying number 1 spot after each player finished five games. Chatta secured first position by scoring 197, 146, 186, 209 and 160, with total of 898 pins with 179.6 average, while Ijazur Rehman secured second by scoring total of 890 pins with 178 average and Afzal Akhtar got third with total of 858 pins with average of 171.6. The next five games of the event will be played on late Friday night.–Staff Reporter




Guard Group, Barry’s in polo final

LAHORE - Guard Group/Newage and Barry’s qualified for the main final of the Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2016 here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Friday. In the first match of the day, although Allied Bank outran Guard Group/Newage by 8-5, yet the latter qualified for the main final on better goal average. In all, Guard Group had scored 15 goals while Allied Bank had total 11 goals, which powered the former into the main final and latter into the subsidiary final. Saqib Khan Khakwani and Omer Asjad Malhi played heroic roles to guide Allied Bank to victory. Both Saqib and Omer pumped in tremendous three goals each while Naveed Sheikh added two. From Guard Group, Taimur Ali Malik and Hissam Ali Hyder converted two goals each while Alman Jalil Azam hit one. In the second match of the day, Barry’s played well against Habib Metro Lions and defeated them by 11-8.–Staff Reporter




Amar Cables win in Veterans Cricket

LAHORE - Amar Cables beat Lahore Greens by 64 runs in the main round match of 4th Aftab Qarshi Veterans Cricket Cup here at the Faisal Town Ground on Friday. Amar Cables made 243 for eight in 30 overs with main score coming from Afzal Shah 95, Shoaib Faisal 47 and Shakeel Malik 31. M Naveed and Nazir Hussain had two wickets each. In reply, Lahore Greens could make 184 for all. Khurrum Afzal with 72, M Waheed 36 and Noor Irfan 19 were the main scorers. Imtiaz Tarrar had three wickets while Iftikhar Ahmed and Javed took two wickets each. Later, Amar Cables CEO Amer Ilyas Butt gave man-of-the-match award to Afzal Shah.–Staff Reporter