Hosszu warms up for Rio

LONDON - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu twice set new championship records as she claimed a third successive 400 metres individual medley title at the European Swimming Championships in London. Other winners on the first day of racing were Italy's Gabriele Detti, who lowered the eight-year-old championship record in the 400m freestyle, while the French men's sprint relay squad are now unbeaten in six major championships at Olympic, world and European level, the Netherlands taking the women's equivalent. Not only did the 27-year-old set a new championship record, she also went faster than any European woman has ever swum. She returned in the evening to lower that record by 0.07sec to 4min 30.90sec ahead of Britain's Hannah Miley and compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos. "I was surprised," she said.–AFP



Arum rips into Olympic pros plan

HONG KONG - Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed as "total madness" a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. The 84-year-old American, who has arranged fights for ring greats from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao in a career spanning more than 50 years, believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport's governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), goes ahead. "To have guys who are experienced professional fighters against these amateurs, you're looking at serious, serious injuries. It's total madness," Arum told AFP in Hong Kong. "This is not like basketball where all you do is lose, a guy dunks over you, or baseball or other sports like that. This is a hard sport and guys can get hurt.–AFP




AFC Grassroots Football Day celebrated

LAHORE - The AFC Grassroots Football Day 2016 celebrated throughout the Asia. Likewise, the relevant football activities were also carried out throughout Pakistan on May 15, 2016, in which non-professional football players, male and female, of different age groups took part reflecting the grassroots football philosophy of FIFA and AFC which is ‘Football can be played by everyone regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnic or social background and level of fitness’. The objective to celebrate the day in the country was to bring more people into the field of football through holding of such colourful activities in which football players of all age levels even having basic level football skills can participate. In Pakistan, the grassroots day was celebrated in all four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Attock, Sarai Alamgir/Jehlam, Gujrat, Wazirabad/Gujranwala Narowal, Chakwal, Hafzabad, Mianwali, Sarghodha, Faisalabad, Okarra, Sahiwal, Veharri, Khanewal, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Lyyah, Muzaffargarth, Lahore, Pindi, Bahawalnagar, Mandi Bahauddin and Jhang, in which football lovers and enthusiasts participated in a very large number. Matches of short duration among the players from different age levels belonging to both genders were played.–Staff Reporter




Wapda, PAF vie for volleyball trophy today

ISLAMABAD - Defending champions Wapda survived close scare against Army before moving into the final of the 49th National Volleyball Championship where they will take on PAF. Wapda came from behind to beat Army 3-1 in the first semifinal played here at Liaqat Gymnasium here on Tuesday while in the second semifinal, PAF beat Navy 3-1 to set title clash with Wapda.  In the first semifinal, the first set started with Army dictating the terms and raced onto take crucial 15-9 lead and wrapped up the first set 25-21. But in the second set, experienced Wapda prevailed and took the set 25-21. In the third set, both Wapda once again dominated and took the set 25-21. Army stamped their authority in the fourth set and was leading 10-8, but Wapda players staged a strong comeback to win the set 25-20, thus booked berth for the finals. In the second semifinal, PAF team was given a real run for their money by Navy, but they could not finish PAF off. PAF took the first set 25-23 and won the second set 25-21. Although they lost the third one 21-25 but won the fourth 25-22 to set final meeting with Wapda.–Staff Reporter