Punjab clean sweep wrestling event of Quaid-e-Azam Games

ISLAMABAD – Punjab made clean sweep in men’s wrestling of the Second Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games winning all the eight gold medals on offer on the third day of the event held at Pakistan Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Islamabad won four silver and 3 bronze to grab second spot while and KP with three silvers and as many bronze medals remained third.

Punjab wrestlers completely dominated their opponents in all weight categories. In -57kg weight, Fayaaz-ul-Hasan of Punjab won gold Asad Ali of Islamabad silver and Azhar of AJK bronze. In-61kg, Punjab’s Mohsin Ali won gold, Daud of Islamabad silver and Ikram Ullah of Kp bronze. In -65kg, M Hammad of Punjab grabbed gold, M Usman of Islamabad silver and M Yousaf of Balochistan bronze. In -70kg, Intezar Hussain of Punjab took gold, Farhay Ullah of KP silver and Rozi Khan of Islamabad, bronze. In -74kg, Hassan Mehmood of Punjab won gold, Ismail of KP silver and Fazal Ullah of Sindh bronze. In -86kg, Nouman of Punjab picked gold, Sajajd Khan of KP silver and M Islam of Balochistan bronze. In -97kg, Tayyab Raza of Punjab lifted gold, Rana Faisal of Sindh silver and Abbas Ali of Islamabad bronze. In -125kg weight, Muhammad Owais of Punjab finished with gold, Raja M Hassan of Islamabad silver and Mohsin Khan of KP bronze.

In weightlifting, Punjab’s Sharjeel Butt and Zohaib Kaleem won gold medals, in 56kg and 62kg weight categories. In 56kg weight, Sharjeel Butt of Punjab won gold with total weight of 195kg, Aleem Ahmed, of Sindh won silver with total weight of 125kg, while Nouman Gul of KP won bronze with total weight of 117kg. In 62kg weight, Zohaib Kaleem of Punjab won gold with total weight of 202kg, Balochistan’s Hashir Zaman won silver with total weight of 175kg and Kifayyat Ullah also from Balcohsiatn won bronze with total weight of 150kg.

In netball, Sindh and Punjab qualify for the finals. In men’s semi-finals, Sindh beat KP 24-20 while Punjab beat Balochistan 27-4 in second semi-final. In the ladies soccer, Punjab and Islamabad qualify for the finals. In the first semi-final, Islamabad beat Sindh 3-1. Laiba scored a brace for the winners while Hajra scored a goal while Aliya scored the consolation goal for the losers. In the second semi-final, Punjab thrashed KP 7-0. Noor scored a hat trick while Sammar and Irsa also chipped in with a brace each. In the men’s football, defending champions Islamabad were thrown out of the competition by Balochistan in the semi-finals 3-1. Tahir scored two goals while M Asif scored the third for the winners while Abdullah scored the only goal for the losers.

Naheed Raza won gold medal for KP in judo event. She said if provided with opportunities, she can excel at international level and won laurels for country. Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, the bright talent of KP, Naheed, who belongs to Lakki Marwat said judo was her favourite sports since childhood while she also participated in cricket, baseball and martial arts at college level and won number of gold medals. “I won the gold medal last month in the Inter-District Judo Championship held in Lakki Marwat and Pakistan Judo Federation Vice President Masood Ahmed, who is also president of KP Judo Association appreciated my efforts and termed if I continue to perform like this, the day is not far, when I can become a top star for country. That day I have made up my mind that I will work hard and win international medals for Pakistan.”

She said there is absolutely no infrastructure of judo and other sports in Lakki Marwat. She lauded Miss Shahana for her role in bucking up females in judo. She said DG Junaid Khan had promised to provide them judo mats in Lakki Marwat and if the mats are made available to them, it will make huge difference. She lauded Pakistan Judo Federation and KP Judo Association and said their role is the reason behind so many females are attracting towards judo.


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