Trials to select provincial hockey teams

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has decided to conduct the open trials supervised by the national selection committee in all the four provinces to select the respective provincial teams for the forthcoming national championships in Sukkur starting from December 15. The national selection committee headed by Hassan Sardar will select the players at each centre, said PHF spokesman Friday. "These players would then form the provincial team to compete at the national championships. The prime objective of the open trials is to give equal opportunity to the talented players to prove their mettle.” The officials of the respective provincial hockey associations will also be present during the trials and appoint the team officials including manager and the coach.–Staff Reporter



Iran ambassador vows to support Pak futsal

ISLAMABAD – Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost invited Pakistan Futsal Federation (PFF) delegation led by Islamabad Fustal Association chairman Sheikh Abdul Waheed here at the embassy to discuss various issues related promotion of fustal in Pakistan and how Iran can help in this regard. Talking to The Nation, Sheikh Waheed said he was highly thankful to the Iranian ambassador for inviting him and being so cooperative. “The Iranian ambassador was very much present during the Islamabad Futsal Championship and he had promised to help Pakistan Futsal Federation in the best possible fashion. The meeting is a step in that direction.” He said the ambassador very kindly offered to arrange futsal series between Iran and Pakistan teams and also to provide international coach to Pakistan. PFF secretary Adnan Ahmad briefed the Iranian ambassador about the futsal matches being played world over, it is also decided to host international Futsal championship in Pakistan. The details would be finalised soon. Honardoost appreciated the idea of hosting international championship in Pakistan and extended his all-out cooperation in this regard. “Pakistan is completely safe for hosting international matches and events and off course, Islamabad is completely safe city for this purpose.” He said Iran is at number 4 in world and number 1 in Asia in futsal.”–Staff Reporter


Four matches decided in rugby league

LAHORE – Four matches were played in the PRU Servis Tyres 15-a-side rugby league at two various venues including Islamabad F10 Rugby ground and Pakistan Rugby Academy Lahore Cantt. In the first match of Division-I, Islamabad Jinnz outclassed Lodhran 64-3 while in the Division-II match, DHA Wild Bears outpaced Desert Camels Rugby Club 37-17. Pakistan Army thrashed Lahore Rugby Football Club by 72-0 while in Division-I match, Islamabad Jinnz trounced Lahore Hawks by 37-6. The Pakistan Rugby Union chairman expressed his satisfaction over holding the ongoing Servis Tyres Rugby League in a professional manner. He said rugby has been progressing rapidly in Pakistan and world and Asia rugby are satisfied with our efforts towards promotion of rugby in the country. He also thanked the Servis Industries for their all-out support for the promotion of the game and also sponsoring the event for the fifth consecutive years.–Staff Reporter