New Mr Olympia Naveed returns home

LAHORE - Polio-hit Pakistan bodybuilder Naveed Butt will be returning home today (Wednesday) after winning the third Mr Olympia gold medal in Las Vegas, America. Naveed is the only Pakistani bodybuilder, who, despite his disability, won the title for record third time and his fourth gold medal was from the World Championship. Having set Arnold Schwarzenegger record of seven titles in mind, Naveed has been striving to only overcome his physical disability but also the financial hardships to bring more glory for the country. He had to take loan to take part in this year’s My Olympia contest. After congratulatory remarks from the Punjab CM, it is likely he will be given monthly stipend by the Punjab government and similarly, the Sports Board Punjab will also be providing him long-term support.–Staff Reporter

National Junior Tennis C’ship begins

LAHORE – The 1st Sonex Kitchenware National Junior Tennis Championship 2016 began here at Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) tennis courts on Tuesday. In U-18 qualifying round, all the top players won their respective matches and no upset was witnessed. Ahmad Kamil beat Eshan Omer 6-2, 6-3 in the first match while Sameer Ahmad routed Sherhan Salim 6-2, 6-2, Abdal Haider crushed Subhan bin Salik 6-0, 6-1, Barkat Ullah beat Sahibzada Ali 7-5, 6-4, Hafiz Arbab Ali thumped Abdul Hanan 6-2, 6-0, Yousaf Khan overpowered Abdullah Tayyab 6-0, 6-1, Shakir Ullah beat Ehsan Ali 6-3, 6-3, Faizan Shahid beat Ali Raza 6-4, 6-7, 6-5, Ahmad Asjad overran Ahmar Saeed 6-1, 6-1 and Aman Attique Khan thrashed Zubair Raja 6-0, 6-2. PLTA secretary Rashid Malik was chief guest on the occasion.–Staff Reporter

Ch Sports score win in Veterans Cricket

LAHORE - Chaudhary Sports carved out eight-wicket victory in the 4th Aftab Qarshi Veterans Cricket Cup main round opening match played here on Tuesday. Aftab Qarshi CEO Mohsin Aftab was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the main round while a large number of people, including son of PCB’s senior international scorer Abdul Hameed (late), were also present there. Top 10 teams of the city have reached the main round of the event, which has been divided into two groups. City Gymkhana were all out for 119 runs in 30 overs. Rana Shahid (44) and M Arshad (27) were the main scorers. M Sami and Shafqat Hussain had three wickets each while Javed took two. In reply, Ch Sports achieved the target losing two wickets. Shahid Ali hammered 68 and Aamer Butt 43. Maqsood Senior had two wickets.–Staff Reporter

XI Stars Islamabad hammer Muslim Gym

ISLAMABAD – XI Stars Islamabad hammered Lahore’s Muslim Gymkhana by eight wickets in the 35-over match played here at XI Stars Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Put into bat first, Muslim Gymkhana were off to flying start as they score 92 runs for the first-wicket stand. But soon after their first dismissal, they were bundled out for 185 in the 30th over. Ali Malik slammed 28-ball 47 while Mohsin Arif contributed 34. Shani was pick of the XI Stars bowlers as he grabbed 4-25, while Danish bagged 4-40. In reply, XI Stars simply crushed Muslim Gymkhana bowling attack and won the match in only 25th over. M Naeem hit 73, skipper Naeem Anjum unbeaten 62, and Shehryar 35. Waqas Aslma took 1-35. Naeem was named player of the match. Ex-international cricketer Raja Sarfraz was the chief guest on the occasion.–Staff Reporter

Bosnian ambassador, son win titles

ISLAMABAD - Bosnian ambassador Nadeem and his son Saeed won the Diplomats Cup Tennis Championship doubles and juniors events held here at Margalla Tennis Club. The event was organised by Nighat Saeed and her team. Senator Dilawar Abbas was the chief guest while diplomats, their families, dignitaries and Hameedul Haq, Tariq Muneer and others were also present on the occasion. The Bosnian ambassador, partnering with Chinese Shawn, won the doubles title after defeating Maldives ambassador Saleem and his local partner 6-4, 6-4. The boys’ U-18 final was a family affair, as it was brothers duo in the finals. Elder brother Saeed beat younger brother Arif 6-3, 6-4 to cap a memorable day for Bosnian proud father, as both titles were grabbed by the family. PTF patron Senator Dilawar Abbas and Margalla Club administrator Nighat Saeed gave away shields and trophies to the winning teams and players. A total of 20 diplomats took part in the annual tennis event, which was played on single league basis.–Staff Reporter