LAHORE - Lahore wrote new history in sports with the start of Punjab International Sports Festival when international competitions were held in baseball, rugby and kabaddi here at various venues while Pakistan got the honour of winning the Dosti Cup wrestling event after defeating India 4-2 on Thursday.

It is for the first time that a number of international events are taking place simultaneously as a part of the festival and other attractions of the day were Pakistan-India Wrestling Cup, hockey series and Pak-India Deaf Dosti Cricket Cup in which a Twenty20 match was played.

In Dosti Wrestling Cup, home side won the four bouts as the Indian got success in two in the one-day event. In the first bout, Sajjad Iqbal of Pakistan beat Prince in 55kgs, Basharat Ali beat Indian Ranjeet Singh in 60kgs, Haider Ali earned Pakistan third success by beating Indian Visho Deep in 74kgs, Omair Butt beat Indian Satveer Singh in 84kgs, Indian Gorpaul beat Pakistan’s Ghulam Hussain in 96kgs and Indian Mundeeb downed Pakistan’s Saeed Ahmed in 120kgs.

In one of the heaviest programmes of the festival rugby event, 10 matches were decided at DHA Rugby ground. Cambodia All Stars staged the biggest upset of the day beating strong home team Pakistan Gold 19-17 by collecting seven points in the last minute. In other nine matches, New Zealand College Riders beat Pakistan Whites 47-0, Hollywood Ireland beat Pakistan Universities 48-0, Afghan Club Kabul United beat Hong Kong Chinese University 26-0, Delhi Hurricanes India beat Pakistan White 22-5, Uzbek Club beat Pakistan Universities 26-0, Kabul United drew with Pakistan Golf 14-14, New Zealand College beat Delhi 15-5 and, Irish Club beat Uzbek Club 22-0.

In baseball event, Pakistan gave baseball lesson to Afghanistan 15-0. M Ahsan Baig and Zubair smashed three scores each and Usman, Omair, Sameer and Asif shared two scores. In the only match of kabaddi, Afghanistan beat Nepal 40-30.

In Pak-India Dosti Hockey Cup match, India made desperate efforts in the last 10 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw against Pakistan at Johar Town ground before the host side led 1-0 at half time. In Pak-India Deaf T20 match, Pakistan scored a fine 19-run victory at Iqbal Park Sports Complex.

On the side lines of the international sports festival, the national festival also began and competitions were held in athletics (men) and table tennis (women).