LAHORE – Wapda not only emerged as new champion in the 32nd National Games but also clinched the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after notching up 190 gold medals in the event.

The simple but impressive concluding ceremony of the National Games was held here at the Railway Stadium on Friday in which a great number of athletes participated despite continuous rain in the city. Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hassan was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony and gave away winning trophy to Wapda Member Water Husnain Afzal and Director General Water M Zafar.

After powerful Wapda, it was HEC which grabbed the second slot with 29 gold medals while Punjab gained the third position with 22 golds. Sindh earned fourth, Police fifth and KPK sixth position in the 32nd edition of National Games. The fair play trophy was won by KPK.

According to final medal tally, Wapda stood first with 190 gold, 83 silver, 46 bronze and total 319 medals and 6230 points, HEC was second with 29 gold, 62 silver 74 bronze with total 165 medals and 2935 points, Punjab was on third with 22 gold, 33 silver 56 bronze with total 111 medals and 2732 points, Sindh won fourth position with 24 gold, 29 silver, 32 bronze with total 85 medals and 1638 points, Police earned fifth position with 4 gold, 13 silver, 26 bronze with total 43 medals and 13335 points while KPK scored sixth position with 2 gold, 15 silver, 26 bronze with total 43 medals and 1211 points.

The mega national event continued for the consecutive seven days in the various venues of the city and Wapda players took full advantage of defending champion Army’s absence and remained on top throughout the event. It was another record that Wapda remained top on medal table consecutive seven days. HEC and Punjab’s players also played comparatively much better and helped their departments to gain positions in the mega national event.

Member international Olympic Committee (IOC) in Pakistan Syed Shahid Ali, Syed Aqil Shah, Khalid Mehmood, Wapda’s Member Water Husnain Afzal, Wapda Sports Board president Mian Riffat Ali Mehmood, M Zafar, Ahmad Ali Rajput, Zulfiqar Butt, Afzal Awan, Waqar Ali, Khurram Haroon and other sports concerned persons and organisers were also present at the concluding ceremony.

Organising Secretary Games Idrees Haider Khawaja has handed over the National Games flag to POA president Arif Hassan and secretary Khalid Mehmood.

Speaking on the occasion, Member IOC Syed Shahid said: “The 32nd National Games were held well in time in the country and allotted province which was widely participated by the athletes from across the country. I congratulate all the participating athletes for holding the National Games in befitting manner and extend special felicitations to Games champion Wapda who did superb in the Games and won it by outclassing all the participating teams.”

The POA chief also congratulated Wapda, HEC and Punjab on winning first, second and third positions and also lauded all performances of all the participating teams who came from across the country to take part in the National Games.

“I am very thankful to Punjab Olympic Association who organised the 32nd National Games successfully and in a well-organised manner. Their dedication and all-out efforts for holding the Games are really commendable.”

Organising secretary Idress Kh said: “I am really thankful to Allah Almighty for helping us in holding the 32nd National Games successfully in the time when it seemed that the Games could not be held but by the grace of Allah, we have done it. It was also due to hectic efforts and full cooperation of Punjab Olympic president Syed Shahid Ali due to which he held the Games successfully and proved that we can hold every kind of national and international sports. We have also saved the honour of Punjab by holding the event in well-organised manner.