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Vol. 1 Issue 11 January 2013

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PAKISTAN WON CHAMPIONS TROPHY BRONZE Pakistan earned its first medal at a Champions Trophy since 2004 after topping India 3-2 in an even and hard-fought bronze medal game. It is Pakistan's seventh bronze medal at the annual event and their 15th overall. The loss leaves India still looking for its first medal since 1982, but nevertheless after a six-year absence at the Champions Trophy the fourthplace finish can be considered a major success. The anticipation was high for the match as the continental rivals were meeting for their first Champions Trophy medal in years. The teams entered the game as equal adversaries with a 6-6 all-time record at the Champions Trophy and were once again so evenly matched that the game was too close to call until the final horn blew. The teams exchanged 02 JANUARY 2013

goals in the first half. India took the quick 1-0 lead when VR Raghunath scored on a penalty corner just seven minutes into action. Pakistan had an answer when they got on the board with 14 minutes left in the half. Muhammad Rizwan Sr. found himself alone at the top of the D and fired in a bullet of a shot to tie the game at one. Pakistan took its first lead of the game top open the second half scoring when Shafqat Rasool settled a bouncing pass and hit it in from point blank range to give the Green Shirts the slim one-goal lead. India's strong defense in the second half came up big and kept Pakistan from extending the lead further, keeping the ga me a na il -b it in g affa ir. Muhammad Ateeq sealed the Pak ist an win in the thr ee minutes left in the game with a

penalty corner goal. It proved to be the game-winner as India put in a penalty corner marker after time expired to bring the final score to 3-2.Australia made it five in a row at the Champions Trophy after earning a 2-1 win against the Netherlands on home-turf in Melbourne. The five consecutive medals extends the Australian's record at the event and re-establishes them as the men's hockey team to beat after they missed out on gold at the Olympics. For the Dutch, the silver medal has a silver lining as it is an upgrade from their bronze finish the last two years. Pakistan’s Shakeel Abbassi declared as best player of the tou rna men t whi le Nic hol as Wilson of New Zealand was the top scorer. And Netherland team got the fair play award of the tournament.


Date of Birth

30th July 1990

Birth Place

Peshawar, Pakistan


Peshawar, Pakistan


171 cm (5’8”)


64 Kg


Eden Housing, Wapda, PSF


Atlas Khan

Career Wins / Losses: Won









World Ranking

WS Ranking


Ranking 50 42 Last Ranking 46 40 Highest Ranking 14 (November 2009) 15 (September 2010)

Son of British Amateur Cha mpi ons hip run ner- up Atl as Khan and a nephew of the record eight-time World Open champion Jansher Khan, Pakistan teenager Aamir Atlas Khan comes into Squash with an enviable pedigree. But the 18-year-old from Peshawar carries the hopes of his nation on his shoulders as Pakistan looks to him to continue the success achieved by his uncle and a long line of Pakistani greats before him. Aamir enjoyed a highly successful junior career, winning British Junior Open titles at U13 and U15 before going on to win the Asian Junior U19 Championship crown in 2005, aged just 14! Two years later, in April

2007, Aamir broke into the PSA top 30, overtaking fellow countryman Mansoor Zaman for the first time to become the highest-ranked Pakistani. Later in the month, he reached his first PSA Tour event final at the NWFP International in his home city, where was beaten by Zaman to finish as runner-up. In August, Aamir claimed his maiden Tour title at the CAS International in Islamabad, making his breakthrough in the semi-finals by upsetting top seed Ong Beng Hee before downing a second Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar, the No2 seed, in five games in the final. The following year saw further Tour success for Aamir on home soil: In

April, he became the youngest winner of the COAS International title after beating compatriot Yasir Butt in the final in Islamabad. After retaining the CAS International title in June, he went on to win the country's biggest squash prize in November, the Pakistan Open. Seeded two, Aamir beat third seed Mansoor Zaman in the semis, and then upset Pakistani favourite Farhan Mehboob 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 in the final of the 3-star event in Islamabad. The triumph brought his PSA Tour title tally to four - in his seventh final - and led to a mighty 15-place leap in the PSA world rankings to 16 in December. « « « 03 JANUARY 2013

IFBB WORLD JUNIOR AND MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 The 2012 IFBB World Juniors and Masters Championships was an extraordinary event, with 25 categories (plus 6 ove ral ls) and 331 ath let es passing through the stage. With still growing popularity of these ch am pi on sh ip s, th e e ve nt should be divided to separate juniors and masters championships. In the field of masters, much longer line-ups in both women's masters body fitness classes as well as in masters men's classic bodybuilding and in all older masters divisions over 50. In the up to 163 cm class, Tatiana K o z u c h o v a a n d Van e s s a Lisziova performed technically ad va nc ed ro ut in es , ta ki ng places in the middle of the group in the routine round. But the biggest sensation happened in the tall class where the top three places went to 16-17 years 04 JANUARY 2013

old girls: Vlada Andrjuschenko, Yul i a P o s t i k a a n d O l g a Mogilnitska, with Aleksandra Zhi lin a, K ing a Ăšr kĂşt i an d Ofelia Osan (all not older than 17) in the lower places. It means that this category, with 6 so y oung participants, was dominated by very young girls. In many categories the battle on the stage was so tough and close that the final results were widely discussed and analyzed long after the contest. The quality of masters athletes is so high nowadays, that even a medal at the recent world men's championships doesn't guarantee the success at the world masters championships! And you can't say nothing about the older bodybuilders, over 65. Th er e we re 12 of th em , including four former world champions: Bernard Cooper, Esmat Sadek, Manuel Valbuena

and Rafael Vera! This was one o f the most spectacular ca te go ry ! O r t he ma st er s women's bodyfitness over 45 years old: first time at the world championships and full sem ifi nal wit h 15 ath let es representing 12 countries! In 2011 there was one category over 35 with 23 ladies. In Budapest, with two age di vi si on s, th e nu mb er of athletes has raised to 43. The 2012 World Juniors and Masters was a very spectacular event with very exciting battles in most of the categories. Seven panels of judges have been com pos ed t o sc ore at t he Championships, so the judges had the possibility to relax a bit but some key judges had been working almost all the time: chief judge Pawel Filleborn who lost his voice in the second day and had to be replaced by

Mr. Erich Janner, indefatigable stage judge Marco Teatini and judges secretary Ivan Penkov, who was distributing and collecting judges score sheets from all judges panels all the time. Bodybuilding competitors performed a series of wellpractised poses designed to show off their physique to best effect. But the judges are only looking for the competitor with the best overall size and shape, with emphasis on four categories: m u s c u l a r i t y, d e f i n i t i o n , proportion and symmetry. Spectators eagerly awaited the final posedown, with the top competitors sharing the stage for the final time before the results are announced. The posedown has no relevance in the final scores. It was simply a chance for the bodybuilders to offer one final pe rf or ma nc e f or th e o ft en fascinated and enthralled audience.Hungarian Federation President Istvan Huber prepared the Championships in all aspects

and details, having a Team of experienced Hungarian officials and one petite but very efficient young lady, his “right hand” Viola Vargha, who was “bombed” with all possible questions and problems and was always supportive and s m i l i n g ! Hungarian Federation had already org anized nearly 10 IFBB continental and world championships in the past but this one was the biggest and most demanding event. It closed the 2012 IFBB very busy autumn s eason and will be nicely remembered for a long time. 25 sets of medals were distributed during the Championships. 30 countries won medals but the gold medals went to 18 countries from 3 continents. Bosnia and Herzegovina won its historical first world championships gold medal. In 2nd Amateur Mr. Olympia Egypt won 3 gold medals but the next four “golds” went to four different countries: Iran, Kuwait, Oman and Philippines. Especially,

strong national team of Philippines may be a small surprise as this country didn’t parti cipat e neith er at the continental nor world championships this year. Winning three medals in to ta l, Ph il ip pi ne s sh ow ed th at bodybuilding is popular and at the high competitive level there. The other top countries are well-known as bodybuilding “nests”. IFBB Assistant General Secretary Rauf Bunyataliyev will visit this month the cities of Ulaan Baator (Mongolia), Almaty (Kazhajstan), in inspection trips for upcoming international event projects for 2013. The international IFBB calendar keeps growing and the incorporation o f s killful a nd experienced officials such as Rauf Bunyataliyev and other key officials are very important to guarantee the best success of the IFBB International Sport Program. The IFBB offers prestigious online courses internationally and on-site courses through authorized national IFBB ac ad em ie s on du ty in ce rt ai n countries. « « « 05 JANUARY 2013



he first Asian Racing Conference was held in 1960 in Tokyo on the initiative of Count Todamasa Sakai, President of the Japan Racing Association and Mr U Chit Khine of the Rangoon Tu r f C l u b . Th i s f i r s t convocation was attended by 69 delegates drawn from Burma, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaya, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. India intended to send a delegation but logistical problems prevented this from occurring. From those early days the Asian Racing Conferences expanded rapidly, both in the number of delegates attending an d i n t he si ze of th e geographical area covered. At the 2nd Conference in 1961, Australia, India, New Zealand and Sarawak became official 06 JANUARY 2013

members; at the 9th Conference (1970) Korea and Turkey joined; at the 11th ( 1973) Indonesia and Pakistan; at the 16th (1982) Bahrain; at the 22nd (1991) Macau; at the 23rd (1993) South Africa; at the 24th (1 99 5) th e Un it ed Ar ab Emirates; at the 25th Conference (1997) Mauritius; and at the 26th Conference (1999) Saudi Arabia; and at the 27th Conference (2000) Oman; and at the 28th Conference (2001)Qatar. At the 28th conference, it was decided to establish a permanent organization, the Asian Racing Federation. The objectives of the Federation have remained similar to those drawn up by Count Sakai and Mr Khine. Up until 2010 the Executive Council consisted

of nominees from Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, India and New Zealand. In 2010 the M anagement Committee approved amendments to the ARF Charter to expand the Executive Council, on a provisional basis, to include Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The Exe cut ive Council mee ts approximately four times a year. The ARF is formally linked with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Australia, Hong Ko ng a nd J apa n ha ve permanent seats representing the ARF on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities, and the ARF also nominates one of two rotational positions on the IFH A Exe cut ive Cou nci l. IFHA Executive Council. « « «


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