Master Paints, Diamond Paints victorious

LAHORE - Master Paints/Habib Metro and Diamond Paints carved out thrilling victories in the Nabi Yousaf Memorial Polo Cup 2016 matches played here at the Lahore Polo Club ground Wednesday. Half goal handicap advantage helped Master Paints/Habib Metro beat Army Remounts 6½-6 in the first match of the day. Both the teams played well and at the end, the score was tied at 6-6 but half goal handicap advantage provided Master Paints a surprising win. Hissam Ali Hyder scored a quartet while Robert and Sufi Amir struck one goal apiece. For the losing side, Shah Shamyl Alam slammed four and Major Omer Minhas two. Seven-goal Saqib Khan Khakwani steered Diamond Paints to 7-6 win over PE/Al-Khan in the second match. Mir Shoaib Ahmed contributed one. Foreign player Max Charlton hammered six goals for the losing side.–Staff Reporter

Pak team to feature in Asian Rugby 7s

LAHORE - Pakistan rugby 7s team will feature in the Asia Rugby Development 7s to be held in Al Ain, UAE from February 26. The third leg of camp will start here at Punjab Stadium where 17 selected boys will train under head coach Shakeel Ahmad while the final squad will be announced next week. Total 12 teams including Chinese Taipei, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand and UAE will take part in the event. Head coach Shakeel Ahmad said the boys were working on fitness because 7s was very fast format. “My boys have potential to perform well and I hope Pakistan 7s team will try to produce positive results.” PRU development manager Syed Mozzam Ali Shah said the team would be announced in coming week where 12 players will be selected.–Staff Reporter

Fahad, Sadam star in Prince Club win

LAHORE - Prince Club registered a thrilling three-run win over Muslimabad Gymkhana in the LCCA East Zone Cricket Championship being played here at the LCC Ground. Fahadul Haq and Sadamul Haq were the architects of this victory. Fahad scored 93 runs for Prince Club while Sadam gave an all-round performance, as first he contributed unbeaten 42 and then claimed four wickets for 32 runs. Batting first, Prince Club posted 215 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets in 35 overs. Tanzeel Altaf claimed 3-32 and Shahid Akram 2-49). In reply, Muslimabad Gymkhana could manage to score 212-8 with Tauqeer Waheed scoring 24, Asif Hayat also 24, Tanzeel Altaf 41 and Nawaz Sardar 48 runs. Sadamul Haq clinched four wickets for 32 while Rehan Saeed took 2/41 and Sameer Akram 2/37.–Staff Reporter

Army skiers on top at Shah Khan Cup

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army skiers upheld their reputation and bagged all three positions of giant category of Shah Khan Cup 2016, played at Naltar, after impressive performances. Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) spokesman Obaid Ur Rehman Ababsi, while talking to The Nation on Wednesday, remarked: “The ski winter competitions are being held at Gilgit-Baltistan in which more than 24 ski teams of various government organisations are participating, including Army, PAF, Navy, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), GB scouts and the four provinces ski associations including GB and Islamabad.” M Ikhlaq, Shah Zaheer and M Ayyaz of Army won gold, silver and bronze medals. Army finished as tournament’s favorite and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed spectacular skiing.–Staff Reporter

Judo team vows to win medals in SAG

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) secretary Masood Ahmad vowed that the national team would win medals in the 12th South Asian Games in India. Masood thanked IPC Ministry, Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Olympic Association for their cooperation and support to Pakistan judo team. He said Pakistan judo team comprising four officials, one technical official, six male and as many female judokas, which included male team manager Masood Ahmad, female team manager Sarah Nisar, team coach Sajjad Kazemi, assistant coach Talib Hussain and technical official Liaqat Ali, Babar Hussain, Imtiaz Hussain, Mudassar Ali, Qaiser Khan, Shah Hussain Shah and M Afzal Bashir male players along with female judokas Fouzia Mumtaz, Beenish Khan, Ambreen Masih, Humaira Ashiq and Shumaila Gull.–Staff Reporter