LAHORE - Qaisar Nadeem and Tariq Mehmood clinched the men’s doubles title while Irfana Zaidi and Ayesha won the women’s doubles after beating their respective opponents in the 2nd Majid Nizami Sports Gala 2017 badminton event played here at the Shapes Health Club on Sunday.

In the men’s doubles final, both the finalists Qaisar/Tariq and Hasham Yousaf/Zain Ali were in great form as they prepared well for the event and were favourites to win the title, but the former pair prevailed and succeeded in defeating their opponents by 21-17.

In the women’s doubles final, Irfana/Ayesha outplayed the pair of Sadia/Tehzeen to grab the title. Both the pairs gave tough time to each other, but in the end, Irfana/Ayesha emerged as title winners.

In all, 48 male and 24 female players participated in the badminton event. Their families’ presence made the day more memorable for the participants, who played out their hearts and enjoyed the occasion with great zeal and fervor. In an exhibition match played between the pair of Mehfooz Anjum/Amir Idrees and Shafiq Sultan/Nadeem Basra, the latter emerged as winners.

Nawa-i-Waqt Group Director Finance Azam Badar and GM Legel Mujahid Hussain Syed graced the occasion chief guests and gave away trophies and prizes to the position holders. Khalid Najeeb was handed over the ‘best entertainer trophy’.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the much-awaited cricket event will roll into action here at Cricket Centre ground Model Town. The teams have been preparing very hard for this event as before attending the office in the evening, most of the teams have been playing practice matches at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground. With such enthusiasm, the cricket encounters can be expected as the most exciting and enthralling ones.