City win Inter-District Girls’ table tennis

LAHORE - Lahore City emerged as the winners of the Inter-District Girls’ Table Tennis event held here at the Punjab College Hall on Monday. Raiwind finished runners-up while Lahore Cantt captured third, Model Town fourth and Shalimar fifth position. In the first match, Model Town beat Shalimar 3-2 while Raiwind beat Cantt 3-2 and City beat Model Town 3-0. In the final, City outplayed Raiwind after a tough contest. During the event, Divisional Sports officer Nadeem Qaiser, District Sports Officer Tanveer Abbass, Rehan Roshan, Saba Warris and all other sports officials of the city district government were present on the occasion. DO Sports Nadeem said these events were being organised on the special directions of DCO Lahore Captain (r) Usman Younis for the promotion of sports across the city.–Staff Reporter

Jr Ranking Tennis enters quarters stage

LAHORE – The pre-quarterfinals of the Servis Tyres Junior National Ranking Tennis Championship 2016 were held here at the PLTA tennis courts on Monday. In the boys’ U-18 pre-quarterfinals, Harris Irfan Ul Haq routed Ahmad Kamil 6-1, 6-3, Yousaf Khan thumped Adil Khan 6-3, 6-1, Hamza Bin Rehan beat Mustafa Ali 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, Mujahid Khan defeated Hafiz Arbab Ali 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, Asad Ullah thrashed Abdul Sami 6-1, 6-3, Nalain Abbas downed Shaheer Hammad 6-2, 6-3 and Barkat Ullah beat Behzad Shahid 6-1, 6-7(5),6-1. In the boys’ U-14 pre-quarterfinals, Hamza Bin Rehan crushed Zaryab Khan 6-0, 6-0, Faizan Fayyaz outpaced Samad Arejo 6-2, 6-2, Adil Khan outclassed Syed M Mustafa 6-0, 6-0, M Said thrashed Insia Bhandari 6-0, 6-0 and Nalain Abbas overwhelmed Shimza Tahit 6-0, 6-1.–Staff Reporter

Youngster Club win in Pak Day hockey

LAHORE - Youngster Hockey Club beat Afghan Hockey Club by 2-1 in a hockey match played in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations. The match was played under the banner of Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and City District Government at Mini Stadium near National Hockey Stadium on Monday. Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin graced the occasion as chief guest while MPA Majid Zahoor and programme organiser Chaudhry Ayub were also present on this occasion. Both the teams were introduced to the chief guest before the match. Both Youngsters Club and Afghan Club exhibited excellent stick work and amused the spectators with their wonderful game during the match. Sunny and Razzaq struck goals for Youngster Hockey Club while Adeel Mehmood scored the only goal for Afghan Hockey Club.–Staff Reporter

Punjab Basketball Championship starts

LAHORE - Punjab’s top eight basketball teams will showcase their talent in the Punjab Men’s Divisional Basketball Championship being played from today (Tuesday) at sports stadium Khanewal. Multan Division Basketball Association (MDBBA) is organising the event on behalf of Punjab Basketball Association (PBBA) and a keen competition is likely to be witnessed among the participating teams. The participating teams are Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bhawalpur. PBA spokesman said that new talent would be identified from the event which also aimed at promoting basketball in all parts of the province. “After the end of the event, the top performers will be shortlisted and will be further trained to form national junior and senior teams.”–Staff Reporter

Azhar, Shauq win Int’l Bridge pairs event

LAHORE - Azhar Hameed and Shauq Hussain of Lahore clinched the 14th Balijee International Bridge Championship pairs event heer at the Lahore Gymkhana on Monday. The top 15 position holders in the pairs event are Azher Hameed and Shauq Hussain 60; Mubashir Puri and Sapan Desai 59.13; Umar Aslam and Uzair Kamal 58.64; Imran Abedi and Parvez Mirza 58.57; Kamran Ibrahim and Masood Mazhar 57.19; Arsalan Mansoor and Hasnat Mehmood 56.96; Rashid ul Ghazi and Tehhsinn Gheewala 56.06; Rana Kamal and Salman Bokhari 55.48; Anwar Kizilbash and G Mohammed 55.38; Farooq Alvi and Izzat Khalil 55.17; Javed Khalid and Saeed Akhter 55.08; M Imran and Qasim Rahim 54.32; Ahsan Qureshi and Zia Hyder Naqvi 53.62; Abdul Hameed and Col Nasir 53.21 and Farrukh Liaqat and Gulzar Billal 53.15. Sapan Desai of India was all praise for the skillful display of good play by Azhar and Shauq. “Indeed, they played to a plan and although we made some strategic moves, we missed out beating them.” In the pairs’ event for ladies, Azza Qashu and Randa Saket from Jordan were winners while top local combination of Rubina Agha and Zeenat Azwar ended up as runners-up and Paro Raza and Rehana Saigol came third. Staff Reporter