ISLAMABAD - Wajid Ali and M Afzal produced wonders for the country in the First Asian Youth Athletics Championship 2015 in Doha, Qatar, as both players made it to the finals of 800m and triple jump categories, respectively. Third athlete M Shahbaz although bowed out in the 100m race but he did manage to improve his personal best time of 11.1.8 seconds.

Athletics Federation Pakistan president Major General (R) M Akram Sahi, who is also in Doha to attend Asian Athletics Federation meeting, while talking exclusively with The Nation on Saturday looked highly impressed and delighted with the juniors performance and said: “I picked the boys from Army as only Pakistan Army had the junior and senior system in the country. I am very grateful to Army Sports Directorate who released the boys on my request and my decision has paid off. I was very happy the way all the three athletes produced results. There is no regret on Shahbaz failure to qualify for the finals as he ran very well and improved his best time that is enough for him and off course federation as well. We would continue to provide maximum chances to our athletes in limited resources.”

Wajid will run with eight other athletes in the final race of 880m race while M Afzal would compete along with 10 others in the triple jump final today. A total of 40 Asian countries had sent their athletes in the championship.

Sahi hoped this performance was more than enough to prove that how much the federation was sincere in improving the standards g track and field athletes in the country. “I expect IPC Minister and PSB would take our efforts seriously and allocate special grant for AFP so we could carry on with the good work,” Sahi concluded.