Army, Wapda win men, women relay races

ISLAMABAD - Army and Wapda won the men and women categories of the All Pakistan National Relay Races Championship held here at Jinnah Stadium on Thursday. In the male category, Army took first position with four gold’s and one silver and no bronze while Wapda remained second with one gold, three silvers and one bronze and PAF secured third with one gold and three bronze medals and Railways were fourth with one bronze medal. In the female category, Wapda dominated by winning all the five gold medals while Punjab earned second with four silvers and one bronze and Army got third with one silver and four bronze medals. AFP president Maj Gen (r) M Akram Sahi graced the occasion and distributed medals and trophies among the players and teams.–Staff Reporter

National Women Chess starts today

LAHORE - The 4th National Women Chess Championship will commence today (Friday) here under the aegis of Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP). Top six women players from across the country will vie for top honours. Zenobia Wasif from Karachi will defend her title while Gul Rukh and Zartaj Saeed both from Punjab will be her tough competitors. Traditionally, four women players are selected to participate in the World Chess Olympiads 2014 to be held in Norway by the World Chess Federation (WCF). The CFP has high hopes from Pakistan women team this year as compared to dismal performances in the past year as the standard of Pakistan women has improved a lot in the recent years. CFP secretary Dr Naeem Hamid Mirza will be the chief guest in the opening ceremony at 10am to mark this historical event.–Staff Reporter

SBP honours Qatar players, officials

LAHORE - The Sports Board Punjab (SBP) arranged a reception in the honour of Qatar players and officials here on Wednesday night. Provincial Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, DG SBP Usman Anwar, PCB officials Intikhab Alam, Shafiq Ahmad Papa, Mohsin Kamal, Ali Zia, notable singers and performers were present on the occasion. Intikhab said the T20 match against Qatar was a nice happening and the SBP had a great role in restoring festivities of Gaddafi Stadium. “Punjab CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif and his team deserved congratulations for staging such a big sporting event. They put up hectic efforts and presented Pakistan’s soft image to entire world.” Later, Mashhood conferred souvenirs to Qatar coach and Intikhab, shield to the guest team captain and medals to Pakistan team.–Staff Reporter

PSF announces cash reward for Aamir

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) president and chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt announced a cash reward for ace national squash player Aamir Atlas Khan on Thursday for his brilliant performance in recently concluded FMC Pakistan International Squash Circuit-I. The PSF president appreciated the performance of World No 94 Aamir Atlas Khan in the final of the FMC Pakistan International Squash Circuit-I at Lahore, says a press release issued here on Thursday. The PSF chief reiterated that the federation would continue sponsoring top squash players for improving their world rankings. He urged the players to keep on striving hard to give more than desired results and earn more laurels for the country.–Staff Reporter

Islamabad, KP in Police Janisar T20 final

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad Police and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police teams Thursday won their respective semi-finals and qualified for the final of the ‘All Pakistan Police Janisar T20 Cricket Tournament’ being organised by Islamabad Police. In the first semi-final of the event, Islamabad Police defeated the National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) by 77 runs while in the second semi-final, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) team outplayed the Frontier Core (FC). The final will be played today (Friday). Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Ashraf Zubair Siddiquee distributed prizes among the players. Speaking on the occasion, Zubair said that the purpose of holding such event was to remind sacrifices of the people who rendered their precious lives for the safety of the country and nation.–Staff Reporter