Govt urged to resolve PFF issue

ISLAMABAD –PPP MNA Dr Nafeesa Shah has urged the government to resolve the Pakistan Football Federation under FIFA roadmap. She informed the National Assembly that FIFA had imposed ban on PFF and there is a dire need to obey the orders of the FIFA so that it may lift ban on Pakistan football. “The government must resolve the issue and send a positive message to FIFA, as time is very short before the World Cup trophy travel to Pakistan. We need to unite and forget minor differences,” she added and hoped the IPC Minister would step in and help in resolving the matter amicably. She said according to Faisal Saleh Hayat, the PFF elections were conducted as per FIFA rules but it was due to 200 persons’ attack on FIFA House in Lahore and interference of government, which forced FIFA to suspend the PFF.–Staff Reporter

 IPC Senate body meeting held

ISLAMABAD – Senate Standing Committee on IPC took strong notice of allocating huge amount of funds for Narowal sports complex and ignoring other sports. The committee met under the chair of Senator Saud Majeed and order completion of projects in other cities as well. IPC Minister Riaz Pirzada, Senator Mukhtar Ahmed Dhamra, Sasi Balejo, Liaqat Khan Tarkai, IPC secretary Syed M Ahmed Abu Akif, PSB DG Akhtar Ganjera and others were also present on the occasion. The committee was informed that Rs 1,200 million allocated for installation of lights at Narowal Sports Complex only, while a total of Rs 800 million were allocated for entire sports projects of the country. It was informed that 90 percent work has been completed and it was directed to complete swimming pool boiler and tracks at Jinnah Stadium.–Staff Reporter

 All-Pakistan Inter-Board Sports Gala

ISLAMABAD – All-Pakistan Inter-Board Sports Gala 2018 (Girls) started here at Pakistan Sports Complex. IPC Minister Mian Riaz Hussian Pirzada graced the occasion as chief guest while PSB DG Akhtar Ganjera, DDG Dr Waqar Ahmed, Agha Amjed Ullah, Malik Imtiaz Hussian and others were also present there. Around 600 athletes and officials are taking part in the first leg, while males’ event will start from January 29. The PSB has been providing accommodation and facilities to the boards, while they are charging Rs 400 per head for providing three time meal to athletes and officials. Islamabad and Balochistan Boards are not taking part in the event. All the participating boards Thursday marched past prior to start of the events. The IPC minister also took oath from athletes.–Staff Reporter

 Descon enter premier league final

LAHORE - Descon have qualified for the final of the Premier Cricket Super League (PCSL) after defeating Fatima Group by 7 runs in the second semifinal played here at the New Ittifaq Ground Faisal Town. Descon won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision paid off well as they succeeded in posting a mammoth total of 173 runs on the board for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted overs. Rana Tahir played swashbuckling knock of 70 runs off 45 balls with the help of 7 fours and 5 sixes while he was ably assisted by Asim Butt, who struck unbeaten 42 and Syed Mujahid, who contributed significant 21 runs. From Fatima Group, Syed Tabraiz (2-24) and Adeel Tahir (2-27) bowled well. Chasing a huge target of 174 runs, Fatima Group batsmen though replied well and took their team to 166 losing nine wickets but they fell short of 7 runs. Hassan Akhtar was top scorer for Fatima Group, who hammered 45 runs and Adeel Tahir slammed 30 runs but their efforts proved futile in the end, when their team lost the semifinal by 7 runs and also lost the chance to qualify for the final. Qasim Khan grabbed 3-27 and Asim Butt 2-21. For his all-round performance, Asim Butt was named player of the match. Chief organiser of the event Faheem Butt lauded both the teams, who played out their heart but Descon emerged as winners. “I hope the final will be very enthralling and challenging, which will be fought with great passion and fervor. It will also amuse the spectators to larger extent. We will try to make the final of the event a remarkable one.”–Staff Reporter