Munir lifts National Open Golf title

PESHAWAR - International golfer M Munir with his nine under par 207 score over 54 holes clinched the trophy of the first National RMI Open Golf Championship played here at PAF Golf Club on Sunday. Munir added 68, to his overnight 139, five under on the second day, to make an aggregated total of 207, nine under par. He was struggling at no 3 behind Shahid and Shafiq, the leaders of the second day before playing a stunning last round of 68 to win the battle. In the amateur net category, Kabir, Maj Najam and SP Murtaza were the position holders. In the senior professional, Manzoor of Pakistan Police took first position, followed by Noor Khan of the Bank of Khyber and M Ilyas of Lahore Gymkhana.In the boys U-12 gross, Ahmad Arshad got first position, followed by Master Basil while in the net, Umar got first position and Masil took runners-up position. In the U-18 boys category, Faizan Ali first position, followed by Mobeen Ahmad while in the Net Shahnan Khan took first position while Abdullah Bin Omar remained at runners-up. In the senior amateur, Col Shafi took first position, followed by Lt Col Saad Khan and Abdul Haq while in the net, Dr Shahkar Ahmad Shah of RMI got first position, followed by Dr Qasim and Sqn Ldr Hayat. At the end, chief guest AVM Arshad Malik, Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, gave away prizes to the players. Dr Rehman of TMI, Station Commander Brig Zakir Hussain, ex-sports Minister KP Aqil Shah, secretary KPGA Col Shahadat Hussain were also present.–Staff Reporter

MoU signed between SBP and Latvia

LAHORE - Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and Latvia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaboration of sports on Sunday here at the National Hockey Stadium. As per MoU, Latvia will extend help to Punjab government in the fields of cricket, hockey, football, basketball and education. DG SBP Usman Anwar and Rudolf Bremanis, Head Foreign Economic Relations Promotion Division Policy Department, signed the MoU in a largely attended press briefing. The signing ceremony was attended by Punjab Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Igors Apoking, Ambassador of Latvia to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, Juris Zuraviovs, Nota Division, Pakistan’s outgoing T20 captain M Hafeez, ex-skipper Salman Butt, film producer Sayed Noor and singer Waris Baig, who is also honorary counsel general of Latvia.–Staff Reporter

Ex-Pakistan captains praise PYF

LAHORE - Pakistan’s outgoing Twenty20 captain M Hafeez and former Test captain Salman Butt have lauded the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Addressing the agreement signing ceremony between SBP and Latvia government, Hafeez felicitated the Punjab government for holding Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) successfully. He said the PYF provided the youth to come forward. “Pakistan has produced greet athletes and players in the past who earned good name for the country. The CM’s vision will bring more youth to the grounds and will bring better results for the country.” Salman Butt also thanked Minister Rana Mashhood and the DG SBP for inviting him and said it was important to hold sports activities at the grassroots level for the uplift of the youth’s sports abilities.–Staff Reporter

Army, PAF in National Basketball final

ISLAMABAD - Army to clash PAF in the 53rd National Basketball Championship 2014 for the Chairman POF Gold Cup final after defeating their respective opponents in the semifinals at POF Sports Complex on Sunday. In the first semifinal, PAF thrashed HEC 65-33. PAF started the first quarter on a slow note, but then they settled down and dominated the HEC fully. PAF maintained their lead in all the four quarters and finish the match with utmost ease and comfort. In the second semifinal, Army overpowered Wapda 61-40. Army players maintained their supremacy in the entire match and never allowed Wapda players any chance to settle down in the match. Wapda players tried to bounce back with style but it was a very difficult task so Army managed to maintain lead in all quarters and won the match.–Staff Reporter