LAHORE - Rawalpindi Corps team won the 5th PACES Championship 2016 which concluded here at the Ayub Stadium on Friday.

Karachi Corps team earned second position in the competition. In individual matches, Naik M Awais secured first position in 2-mile run by covering distance in 10.01 minutes. Sepoy Farooq won the first position by completing combat efficiency test in 59.42 seconds. Gunner Ashfaq Hussain did 56 pull-ups to clinch first position in pull-ups match. Sepoy Naveed Ul Hassan secured first position in sit-up match by doing 1948 sit-ups in 30 minutes. Sepoy Ikram did 1705 push-ups in 30 minutes to secure first position and also won the overall best player award of the competition while Sepoy Nasir Mahmood secured overall second position.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion and also witnessed the finals and awarded prizes to the winners. Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali was also present there.

A total no of 275 contestants participated in this event. The PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) is an initiative to improve the physical training regime within the Army. The programme relies on modern scientific techniques to assist each soldier in achieving requisite fitness standards by concentrating on individual rather than group based development. The system has now matured over the years producing outstanding results. The COAS appreciated the standards displayed by participants of the competition and the efforts of both trainers and trainees in achieving those standards.

He said that regardless of the advances in warfare technology, the basic traits of soldiering are as important as ever, with physical fitness being of primary importance.