ISLAMABAD-Pakistan’s Amir Saeed Bhatti has stunned Malaysian Chet Vin Wong 2-1 on the inaugural day of the $6000 Yonex-Sunrise Pakistan International Series Badminton Tournament 2016 being played here at Liaqat Gymnasium.

Amir though lost the first game 18-21, but he bounced back in style and won the next two games 21-10 and 21-18 to move into second round. M Irfan thrashed Hashir Bashir 2-0, winning the match 21-9 and 21-9. Zohaib Khan beat Ryan Lebreton 2-1, as the score was 18-21, 21-12 and 21-10.

Aljallad Ahmed of Syria outclassed Shameer Iftikhar 2-0, 21-13 and 21-19, Anjum Bashir beat Bishnu Katural of Nepal 2-0, 21-17 and 21-17, M Saleem of Iraq beat Abdur Rehman Pakistan 2-0, 21-5 and 21-1, Azeem Sarwar Pakistan beat Hasam Alnaid of Iraq 2-0, 21-9 and 21-1, Jamil Soban beat Zheng Yao Zhang of Canada 2-0, 21-8 and 21-11 and Syed Shabir beat Zohaib 2-0, 21-11 and 21-19.

In the mixed doubles event, the pair of Ratngit/Nangsal of Nepal beat Pakistani pair of M Attique/Palwasha Bashir 2-0 with the scores of 21-17 and 25-23. In the ladies singles event, Saima outlasted Javeria 3-0, 21-17, 21-11 and 21-18, Khizra routed Sidra 2-0, 21-13 and 21-11, Saba Rasheed outpaced Haneen Alhareb Iraq 2-0, 21-5 and 21-6, Sara Mohmand beat Bushra 2-0, 21-19 and 21-17.

Murad Ali/Hashir Bashir beat Abdur Rehman/Soban 3-0, 21-14, 21-13 and 21-19, Nangsal Tamang Nepal beat Huma JAved Pakistan 2-0, 21-13 and 21-12, Palwasha Bashir beat Basma Chasib of Iraq 2-0, 21-1 and 21-6, Mahnoor beat Amita Giri of Nepal 2-0, 21-11 and 21-10.

It was a pathetic opening ceremony held on Tuesday here at Laiqat Gymnasium, as there was hardly any crowd present on the occasion. The media persons were in quite numbers but there was no one, who could guide them. The atmosphere in the gymnasium was hot and humid while the PSB’s army of officials, present on the occasion, was busy in numbers game, as Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest on the occasion.

Once again like press conference of this event, Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) president Mian Iftikhar Hussain was the notable absentee. The minister was not aware that the PBF chief was not amongst the guests and he went on to read written speech provided by the PSB. The chairs were broken while the dust on even Quaid-e-Azam portrait was evident. The PSB never bothered to ensure proper cleaning and dusting of chairs. Overall, it was a highly mismanaged and a complete flop opening ceremony.

When contacted Wajid to seek his point of view regarding poor arrangements, he apologised and promised next time it would not happen again, as it was his very first international event. To a query regarding absence of majority of foreign players in the event, Wajid replied: “The world federation will fine them and deduct ranking points.”

Instead of praising the PSB and the minister, PBF secretary Wajid Ali should have paid heed on armaments and if he couldn’t provide proper sitting to media and other guests, he should have not invited them and instead should have sent email for coverage. Ealier, Wajid made tall claims regarding hosting the international event, but majority of foreign players remained absent and only 13 players from six countries turned up for the event and hosts Pakistan had golden opportunity to bag all the titles on offer.