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I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense. –H. L. Mencken
sPorTs Friday, 16 August, 2013
punjab Gymnastic championship from 20th LAHORE: The Punjab Gymnastic Championship will be held here from August 20 under the auspices of Punjab Gymnastic Association at Government College University Hall. “In all nearly 100 gymnasts drawn from various affiliated zones of the province will show case their talent in the event,” said a spokesman of PGA on Thursday. He said each team will comprise five players and one official and a number of zonal teams representing various districts of the province have confirmed their participation. He said the notable performers of the event will be awarded trophies and certificates. STAFF REPORT
independence day boxing on 18th LAHORE: The Punjab Boxing Association will organize Independence Day Boxing Championship here on August 18 at the Punjab College of Commerce. “Nearly 50 boxers from various parts of the province will feature in the event which is being organized as a part of Independence Day celebrations,” said Yousuf Butt, Secretary PBA here on Thursday. He said the event is being organized in collaboration with Punjab Olympic Association. He further stated that purpose of organizing the event is to promote the sport at the grass root level. STAFF REPORT
jaShn-e-azadi tt froM 22nd LAHORE: The Chroma Table Tennis Club is organizing Jashn-e-Azadi T.T. Tournament from August 22nd - 24th 2012 at Chroma Table Tennis Hall, Thokar Niaz Baig Lahore. A good number of renowned players Asim Qureshi, Bilal Yasin,Yasir Bhatti, Salman Virk, Asim Aziz, Jehangir Khan, Mehboob Elahi, Asim Munir, Awais Hassan are participating in this tournament. Men and Women singles events will be played. Format of tournament will be league and knock to give good number of matches to every participant.Players belongs to diffent deparatments,other provinces and clubs are participating in the event. Omer zaka, Faryal Minhas, Waqas Ahmed, Yasir Khan from Rawalpindi,Shujhat Ali, Asim Munir and Abdul Raheem from Faisalabad, Asim Aziz from Karachi, Salman Virk and Yasir Bhatti from Sheikhupura are participating the event. Top four winners of each event will also be awarded with cash prizes and medals. There will be two group leagues of ten players each. Pakistan top seventeen players have already been selected for group leagues. Three players will selected from qualifying rounds. In the knock out stage, top four players of each group league will qualify for quarter finals, which will lead to finals played on the morning of August 24. STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Lahore and Multan teams in action during the Independence Day Rugby. Lahore won the Azadi Cup Seven Tournament beating Multan 20-10 in the final. Ayyoub Zaffar was named the best player. STAFF PHOTO
athleteS add SoMe colour to world chaMpS
felix GetS queSt for titleS record under waY MOSCOW
Swedish high jumper Emma GreenTregaro made a discreet but colourful show of support for Russia’s gay community at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Thursday. The 28-year-old painted her nails the colours of the gay pride rainbow flag for the qualifying round of the event and after needing just two jumps to reach the final will get the chance to show off her manicure again. Russia, which hosts next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, passed a controversial law in June outlawing the promotion of homosexuality. “It felt right,” Green-Tregaro told reporters, adding she had got the idea after seeing a rainbow over the Russian capital. “I wouldn’t say it was a protest more of a statement of what I think.” Shocking pink was the dominant
colour of the 200 metres heats with 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s bright hair extensions and matching spikes blazing a trail across the Luzhniki Stadium track. After her exertions in the shorter
race, it was not surprising to see the Jamaican, aiming to become the first woman in 22 years to win a world championships sprint double, ease down near the end of a heat she won in 22.78 seconds.
United States sprint great Alysson Felix had a gentle run out in her first round heat at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Thursday as she got her campaign for a fourth 200 metres title under way. The 27-year-old Olympic champion - who took silver in the event in Daegu in 2011 - can become the most successful athlete in the championships’ history if she wins the title on Friday for her ninth gold. At present Felix shares the record with legendary compatriots Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson while Jamaican Usain Bolt can equal the eight gold mark if he wins the 200m and Jamaica take the 4x100m relay. Felix - who has five relay golds - will face a tough fight for her crown from Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is bidding for a sprint double after regaining her 100m title.Fraser-Pryce, who won the women’s 100m world title by the largest margin in the history of the World Championships, blazed a lone trail through her heat, coming off the bend well clear and then eased up 60m from the finish.
Paraguay hold Germany in six-goal thriller BERLIN AGENCIES
Germany fought back from two goals down to share a 3-3 draw with Paraguay in Wednesday’s warm-up friendly in Kaiserslautern ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers. Paraguay looked to be heading for a first win over the hosts after bagging two goals in the first 15 minutes against a strong Germany team missing only Bayern Munich pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze. Goals by Paraguay striker Jose
Ariel Nunez and midfielder Wilson Pittoni were cancelled out when Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Mueller pulled Germany back to 22 in a busy opening half-hour. But the visitors took a deserved lead into the break after winger Miguel Samudio scored their third and only an equaliser 15 minutes from time by Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender saved Germany’s blushes. “We were lacking in both concentration and tactics during the first 10 to 15 minutes,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew, whose side face Austria then Faroe
Islands next month in World Cup qualifiers and are five-points clear in their group. “There were some crass mistakes in the first half and we gave our opponents way too much space.” Captain Philipp Lahm said the defensive errors will be erased before they host Austria in Munich on September 6. “We only trained twice before this match,” said the Bayern Munich defender. “We’ll have more time to prepare and obviously we don’t want to concede three goals next time.” Paraguay started by giving
their German hosts a master class in finishing with their first two shots both producing goals. A superb long ball from defender Salustiano Candia beat the hosts’ defence and Nunez darted onto it to drive his shot past Germany’s Manuel Neuer on nine minutes. The disarray in the stunned hosts’ defence was further demonstrated four minutes later when Sami Khedira mistimed his clearance, which fell to the grateful Pittoni, who celebrated his 28th birthday with Paraguay’s second goal.