Pakistan win silver in Asian Men's Netball

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan netball team had to content with silver medal in 1st Asian Men's Netball Championship 2016, after losing the final against Malaysia 34-35 in extra time, at Dewan Serbaguna Complex Kuarters KLIA on Sunday. Pakistan was leading 11-6 in the first quarter, but the score was tied at 16-16 by the end of second quarter. For the very first time, Malaysia took two goals lead as they finished third quarter 26-24. The match was against tied at 31-31 by the end of the normal time. Both the teams were awarded 5-minute extra time twice, where Malaysia dominated and won the final in the second extra time with one goal margin 35-34. The third position match was played between India and Brunei teams, which India won 61-23.–Staff Reporter


Samir seeks financial support to excel

LAHORE - Pakistan Davis Cup player Samir Iftikhar has sought government and corporate sector support to earn world ranking points and help country win upcoming Davis Cup tie to enter Group-I. Samir, who has recently won the USTA $30,000 Scotts Dale Mercedes Open singles title by beating Mitch McDaniel of USA 6-4, 7-6, said: “I am currently training very hard and playing USTA professional tournaments as I couldn’t finance to regularly compete on ATP Pro Circuit. My next major assignment will be three back-to-back ITF Futures in Egypt staring from January 15.” He added: “Due to non support from government and PTF, I lost my hard-earned world ranking points. If the government, PTF and corporate sector especially ZTBL and FCC help me financially, it will not only help in gaining world ranking points but also prepare me to compete with tough Davis Cup opponents which Pakistan will face to get back to Group-I.” –Staff Reporter



108th QMC annual sports day held

LAHORE – The 108th annual sports day of Queen Marry College (QMC) was held here in the college premises. Mrs Zakia Shahnawaz graced the occasion as chief guest while guest of honour QMC principal Prof Dr Irfana Maryam, college teachers and a larger number of students and participants were also present there. March Past and PET show presented by the students were highly lauded by the chief guest and the spectators. The students exhibited their prowess in ring race, leg race, three-leg race, chati race and other sports. In the end, Mrs Zakia and Irfana Maryam gave away trophies to the winners. They also lauded the organisers especially madams Saima Iqbal, Zunaira Mir and Breira Abdullah for holding the event in a befitting manner.–Staff Reporter



Master Paints win Magic River Polo Cup

LAHORE - Master Paints outpaced Olympia by 10-5 in the main final to win the Magic River Polo Cup 2016 title here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on foggy Sunday. It was Saqib Khan Khakwani’s day, who amused the spectators with his superb stick work, horse handling and polo skills. The star player scored electrifying eight goals for Master Paints while from the losing side, Abdul Rehman Monnoo pumped in four goals and Imran Abid Mir hit one. Omar Asjad Malhi and Mir Huzaifa supervised the match as field umpires. In the subsidiary final, Barki Estate outran Diamond Paints by 8-3½ to earn the third position. All the players of Barki Estate contributed equally in their team’s triumph as two goals each were scored by Shah Qubilai Alam, Irfan Sheikh, Kamran Noor-ud-din and Agha Murtaza. Former Lahore Polo Club president Ishaq Khan Khakwani was chief guest at the concluding ceremony, and he, along with LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder and guest of honour Magic River CEO Agha Najeeb, distributed trophies and souvenirs among the winners. Meanwhile, the eight-goal Diamond Paints Lahore Open Polo Championship 2016 will get underway at LPC ground from Tuesday. Six teams have been featuring in the event, which are divided into two pools. Pool A consists of Guard Group/Newage, Allied Bank and Barry's while Pool B comprises Diamond Paints, BBJ Polo Team and Habib Metro Lions.–Staff Reporter