Injury pulls Nasir out of Open

ISLAMABAD – Nasir Iqbal sustained shoulder injury that forced him to quit the all-important $70K Motor City Open main round match against Australian Ryan Cusklelly, scheduled to be played on Saturday at Detroit, USA. Talking to The Nation, Tahir Zaman, coach and elder brother of Nasir, said: “The pain and swelling on Nasir’s right shoulder didn’t heal despite our best efforts. It was quite disappointing to see Nasir being unable to play the much-awaited match.” He added: “Nasir sustained injury while playing against Farhan Zaman, whose racket accidentally struck on his right hand that caused agonizing pain, but he showed bravery and continued playing his match and registered victory.” Zaman said Nasir would now join national training camp for the preparation of upcoming South Asian Games.–Staff Reporter

Nouman wins 5th Snooker Championship

ISLAMABAD – Nouman Sachal lifted the 5th Islamabad Cup Snooker Championship 2016 title after thrashing Raja Rashid 5-1 in the final played here at Pakistan Sports Complex Snooker on Saturday. Ch Zubair Soomi beat Nouman Nomi 4-1 to earn the third place. Sharing his views, chief guest Japanese envoy has lauded the efforts of players and organisers terming snooker as a captivating game. “Pakistan and Japan enjoys highly cordial relations and the ties are ever improving.” Syed M Ababs won the most emerging player award, while Arshad Qureshi was awarded for playing biggest 87 break in seniors category. Former world snooker champion M Yousaf, along with other dignitaries, was also present at the occasion. A total of Rs 160,000 cash awards were also distributed among the players.–Staff Reporter

Shamyl steers Chatkhara to title triumph

LAHORE – Shah Shamyl Alam struck thrice to steer Lahore Chatkhara to 4-2 triumph over Barry’s in the Members Polo Cup 2016 main final played here at the Lahore Polo Club on Sunday. Shamyl was star of the final as he hammered three tremendous goals in his team’s triumph while Shah Changez Alam contributed one. Santiago Oubina scored a brace for the losers. In-form Shamyl started the final superbly and slammed a spot penalty to provide Chathara 1-0 lead. In highly-charged second chukker, four goals were converted – three by winners and one by the losers – to bring the tally to 4-1. Shamyl struck twice and Shah Changez hit once while Santiago scored first for the losers. No goal was scored in the third chukker while the fourth chukker witnessed only goal from Barry’s Santiago to finish the final at 4-2. Hassan Agha Khan and Ahmed Ali Tiwana were the umpires. In the subsidiary final, Diamond Paints/Dawood Group routed Nurpur 6½-3. Mir Huzaifa Ahmed and Kamran Noor-ud-din struck twice for the winners while Hassan Agha Khan and Syed Zaigham Abbas contributed one. For the losers, Mian Hussain Iftikhar and Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana hit one goal each. Ch Fateh Mehmood was umpire.–Staff Reporter