RAWALPINDI - Rawalpindi won the All-Punjab Kyo Kushin Karate Championship 2015 held at Shahbaz Sharif Sports Complex, Rawalpindi, in which teams and individuals from across Punjab participated.

Master Dildar Hussain black belt third don, who is one of the most senior karate instructor and coach of Rawalpindi, conducted the event. Talking to The Nation, Dildar said: “I have been working for promotion of karate at grassroots level for the past 25 years. I have passed on my knowledge to a number of players, who went on to represent Pakistan at national and international stages. I have successfully conducted a lot of championships and now once again I have organised the All-Punjab level event. I am grateful to DSO Rawalpindi Abdul Waheed Babar for his all-out support in holding the event successfully. Now I am thinking of conducting all-Pakistan level championship soon.”

“Besides competitive male events, female exhibition matches were also conducted in which Rawalpindi female players showcased their talent. The main feature of the event was matches between U-7 to U-12 kids, which were awarded special prizes.”

In -55kg, Rawalpindi dominated the proceedings winning all the first three positions on offer. Tahir grabbed gold, Adeel silver and Juniad bronze. In -65kg, Multan earned first position, followed by Chakwal and Rawalpindi. In -75kg, Rawalpindi players outshined all the opponents by winning top three positions. M Asad won gold, Ali Kiyani silver and Rana Farhan Ali bronze. In +75kg super heavyweight, Rawalpindi players once again clinched all the three positions. Aamir Khan won gold, Tabish Rajpoot silver and Akram Abbasi bronze. In female category, Islamabad's Neelum Ziab won first, Anum Zaib second and Samiha Khan third.

Sardar Azhar Aslam was chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony along with DSO Waheed Babar, RISJA president Mohsin Ali and others. The chief guest distributed trophies, medals and other prizes among the top performers.