ISLAMABAD - Waqt TV pair of Waseem Razzaq/Arsalan Sadozai lifted the badminton doubles title in the Nawa-i-Waqt Group 3-day Sports Gala, Rawalpindi-Islamabad chapter, here at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Liaqat Gymnasium on Thursday.

The Sports Gala, Rawalpindi-Islamabad chapter, was inaugurated by Resident Editor The Nation Salman Masood and Nawa-i-Waqt Islamabad Resident Editor Javed Siddique. Also present at the opening ceremony were Nawa-i-Waqt Group Manager HR Shafique Sultan, Waqt TV senior anchor Mattiullah Jan, Faisal Shakeel, Qaiser Nadeem, organising committee chairman Azhar Mehmood, members Mohsin Ali, Faheem Anwar Khan, Imran Haider.

Around 150 employees of Nawa-i-Waqt Group participated in the badminton event. Mattiullah Jan escaped serious injury, as he slipped thrice while attempting to hit a powerful shot, while Asim also fell down twice.

The best encounter of the day was played between Sardar Hameed/Mian Naveed and Yasir Hussian/M Tufail, which was decided on tiebreak. In the final, Waseem/Arsalan of Waqt TV outpaced Asim Qureshi/Liaq 2-0. They won the first game 21-16 and took the second 21-14 to clinch the title.

The snooker event will be conducted today (Friday) here at Pakistan Sports Complex, snooker arena, while the cricket matches will be played tomorrow (Saturday) at Bhutto Cricket ground. Nawa-i-Waqt Group Managing Director Rameeza Majid Nizami will grace the occasion as chief guest, while The Nation Editor Salim Bokhari, General Manager Advertisement Bilal Mehmood and other top officials will also be present on the occasion.

The Sports Gala is being organised by Nawa-i-Waqt Group HR Department in collaboration with sponsors MadMob Advertising, Air Link, Revolution Media and Coca Cola.