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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The horse Haya Taal from Al-Khattiya Stable won the Farwaniya Governor Horseracing Cup after winning the 2,800-meter race within 3:03:39 minutes. In second place was the horse Dibawi from Al-Khudr Stable, followed by the horse Shattan from Al-Murd Stable in third place.

According to a press release, Farwaniya Governor was represented at the venue by ret. Major General Ali Al-Daihani who was accompanied by the Head of Farwaniya Equestrian Club Mubarak Al-Daihani. They awarded the cup to the owners of the winning stables.

In the 1,800-meter race, the horse Sayyaf came first by clocking 1:57:52 minutes, followed by the horse Darawi from Al-Shallahi Stable in second place and the horse Dihaam Al-Khail from Al-Khodr Stable in third.

In the 1,200-meter race, the horse Akho Munira from the Stable of Children of Zamanan came first by completing the race in 1:26:72 minutes, followed by the horses Salateen and Al-Asifa from the same stable in second and third places respectively.

The horse Salman Al-Hazm from Awees Stable finished the 1,000-meter race in 1:02:09 minutes to take first place, followed by the horses Ezz Khaled and Salaam Yanasor from Ezz Stable in second and third places respectively.

In addition, the horse Mikhrab came first in the 2,000-meter race within 2:15:89 minutes, followed by the horse Dajeej from Duhaim Stable in second place and the horse Jahrani from Al-Rashidi Stable in third.


Source: Arab Times


New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday and clean sweep their series 2-0.

It was New Zealand's first series win over Pakistan since 1985.

Pakistan were faced with an imposing 369-run target in their second innings but set themselves up for a run-a-ball slog when they reached tea on the final day at 158-1.

The match edged towards a cliff-hanger finish before Tim Southee removed Pakistan's leading run scorer Sami Aslam for 91.

Pakistan's Azhar Ali hits the ball during day five of the second Test. ─AFP
Pakistan's Azhar Ali hits the ball during day five of the second Test. ─AFP


That started a rapid collapse which saw their last eight wickets fall for 49 in 20 overs with Neil Wagner taking the last three for no runs in just six deliveries.

The series win to New Zealand, after a first Test triumph in Christchurch, means Pakistan fall from second to fourth in the world rankings while New Zealand remain seventh.

After reaching tea on the final day needing 211 off 204 deliveries, Pakistan could only ponder whether they left their charge too late.

Openers Azhar Ali (58 off 161 deliveries) and Aslam (91 off 238) laid the platform with a record fourth innings opening stand for Pakistan of 131 but it lasted a time-consuming 60 overs before Azhar was dismissed.

The arrival of Babar Azam to the crease was a signal to lift the pace but the pitch was still offering support to the bowlers on the fifth day.

Azhar (58) played on trying to hit leg-spinner Mitchell Santner out of the ground and Azam (16) went in similar fashion on the fourth ball after tea.

Aslam, trying to raise the tempo having reached his highest Test score, mistimed a drive off Tim Southee to give Kane Williamson catching practice at mid-off.

Sarfraz Ahmed was run out for 19 off 21 and Asad Shafiq did not get off the mark. Veteran Younis Khan, on his 39th birthday, struggled to 11 before he went lbw to Southee.

Sohail Khan fell to Colin de Grandhomme for eight and Wagner removed Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan all without scoring, leaving Mohammad Rizwan not out 13.

It was a Test that began with all the early signs in Pakistan's favour.

They won the toss on a lush green surface and celebrated with a wicket in the first over. But that bright start faded rapidly and in the end not even the loss of more than four sessions to rain could save them.

Reaching 369 would have meant over-taking the record successful fourth innings chase in New Zealand of 348-5 by the West Indies 47 years ago in Auckland.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Six-time Olympian Fehaid Al-Deehani battled wet and blustery conditions to win the gold medal in the men’s double trap event yesterday.

The 49-year-old Kuwaiti, competing under the Olympic flag, defeated Marco Innocenti of Italy in the duel for gold, nailing 26 orange targets out of 30 to Innocenti’s 24.

The bronze medal went to Steven Scott who defeated fellow Briton Tim Kneale with a perfect score of 30 in their match-up for third place.

Deehani won bronze in double trap in Sydney 2000, when he became the first Kuwaiti of any sport to win a medal at the Olympic Games. He won another bronze in trap in London 2012.

The veteran needed a shoot-off with American Joshua Richmond to get into the finals. A proud officer in the Kuwait army, Deehani dropped to the ground and kneeled after reaching the final, then pounded his chest as he walked away. In the gold medal match, Deehani raised his arms in triumph after hitting the final two targets, then turned and again pounded his chest at the crowd.

Deehani was forced to take part in Brazil as a neutral as Kuwait is suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other leading federations such as FIFA, football’s world body, over government interference in sport. Deehani is one of nine competing as an Independent Olympic Athlete (IOA). He turned down an offer from the IOC to carry the neutral’s flag at last Friday’s opening ceremony, telling Kuwaiti media: “I am a military man and I will only carry the Kuwait flag. I cannot carry the IOC flag.” Deehani is the first independent to win gold at an Olympics. – Agencies

Source: Kuwait Times


LAHORE: Pakistan's sporting decline has left the nation that once prided itself on producing the world's best hockey and squash players facing up to an Olympics for which none of its athletes have qualified.

While cricket remains a wildly popular game in Pakistan, most other sports have shrunk in popularity as the successes of the 1980s and early 1990s have become a distant memory.

In dilapidated gyms and crumbling sports fields Pakistani athletes lament the dated equipment and obsolete training methods which leave them struggling against foreign foes who adhere to the latest science-based techniques.

Female athletes have an even bigger mountain to climb: most young girls are pressured by their families to stop exercising in public, while those with family backing face the wrath of their communities.

"We are behind the rest of the world," said Inam Butt, a Pakistani wrestling champion who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. "Our budget, training and facilities are just nothing. How can we compete?"

Butt, like other athletes, says the future will remain bleak until the government starts pouring money into sport.

The seven participants due to represent Pakistan at next month's Rio Olympics have all been given wildcard entries and stand "no chance" of winning medals, according to Arif Hasan, the Pakistan Olympic Association president.

"They are more or less going for the participation and gaining the experience. Let's hope next time will be better," he said.

1980s Training methods

Those in charge of promoting sport in Pakistan despair.

The grassroots system is almost non-existent, children in schools rarely play a sport which is not cricket, and top athletes seldom compete against the world's best as cash-strapped federations cannot afford to send them abroad.

Waqar Ahmed, deputy director of the Pakistan Sports Board, said federations also cannot afford to hire top coaches familiar with scientific training techniques and end up relying on Pakistani trainers with "obsolete" methods from the 1980s.

"Athletes are really frustrated because... the coaches are not literate and they have been teaching what they were taught 30 years back," he said. "Without infrastructure we can do a lot, but without the techniques you cannot win."

The demise of hockey, Pakistan's national sport, has been painful to watch for an older generation who prospered during the halcyon days between 1960 and 1994, when Pakistan regularly won Olympic gold medals and world championships

Waqar Ahmed, deputy director of the Pakistan Sports Board, said federations also cannot afford to hire top coaches familiar with scientific training techniques and end up relying on Pakistani trainers with "obsolete" methods from the 1980s.

"Athletes are really frustrated because... the coaches are not literate and they have been teaching what they were taught 30 years back," he said. "Without infrastructure we can do a lot, but without the techniques you cannot win."

The demise of hockey, Pakistan's national sport, has been painful to watch for an older generation who prospered during the halcyon days between 1960 and 1994, when Pakistan regularly won Olympic gold medals and world championships.

Tahir Zaman, Pakistan hockey team coach, said the lack of government support means many young athletes no longer see a future in sports like hockey where top players get $10 per day. Pakistani cricketers, by contrast, are paid $5,000 monthly retainers and make a fortune from sponsorship deals.

"The attraction is not there anymore. The [government] is not offering regular jobs for players," said Zaman, who won a bronze playing for Pakistan at the 1992 Olympics.

At Lahore's empty 45,000-seat hockey stadium, hockey player Hassan Anwar, 21, said that as a teenager his family begged him: "please don't play hockey if you want a bright future".

The demise of hockey has been mirrored by the decline in the squash scene, where young players know all about 1980s legend Jahangir Khan ─ considered the greatest ever squash player ─ but none match his bravura on the court.

Women harassed

Pakistan's best known squash player is Maria Toorpakay Wazir, ranked 65 in the world, but to train she spent years dressing and pretending to be a boy in the ultra-conservative tribal areas near Afghanistan. Now she trains abroad.

Pakistan Olympic chief Hasan says societal "barriers are coming down" for women but many female athletes rue the slow pace of change.

At 16, Neelam Riaz's first love was cycling, but her father banned her from training on roads as men would stare at her. In response, she took up karate to learn how to fend off men and eventually stumbled on weightlifting.

“Usually in Pakistan girls are discouraged from sports, and often coaches push back,” said Riaz, 25, who last year became a national champion and Pakistan's first female weightlifter to compete abroad.

"Now my family is happy with me doing weightlifting."

In a dimly lit Lahore gym, where paint peels off walls, windows are shattered and cobwebs cling to a damp ceiling, Riaz is tutoring 16-year-old Iqra Chanzaib, who is new to weightlifting.

Chanzaib wanted to play basketball, but the only hoop near her house was out in the open and full of boys, so one of her pious brothers protested. She then opted for weightlifting, indoors.

"There are plenty of girls like me but they cannot come because of family pressures. My own friends want to come but their families stop them," she said.




LAHORE: After a long delay of around eight years owing to lack of consistent policies and complete indifference, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally launched its own biomechanics lab that will be vital in avoiding illegal bowling actions in future.

PCB chairman Shaharyar M. Khan, while inaugurating the lab at LUMS here on Monday, also announced that the Hafeez Kardar School Cricket Championship would start in the forthcoming domestic cricket season.

“The laboratory contains all the equipment and facilities required to meet international standards and to get ICC’s accreditation,” Shaharyar said at a media briefing after inaugurating the lab.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed and vice-chancellor of the university accompanied Shaharyar at the briefing.

“It is a great achievement that a project, which could not be launched during the last eight years, has now become functional. The lab will be of immense value in helping curb the trend of illegal bowling actions prevailing among [budding] bowlers in the country,” he added.

“Mohammad Hafeez, who is currently not allowed to bowl in international cricket as his action has been challenged twice by the ICC, is going to appear in another biomechanics test on June 8. And this lab will help him rectify his action before appearing in the ICC test.

“Soon as many as 27 other bowlers, whose actions have been declared illegal on the domestic circuit, will also appear in this lab to try to rectify their action,” added the PCB chief.

Shaharyar said though LUMS would shift the lab from the current location to some better place in future, even at the current place the lab could meet all the standards set by the ICC.

To a query, he said when the lab equipment was checked two cameras were found defective, which had been replaced.

Declaring that PCB’s next target was to get ICC accreditation for the biomechanics lab, for which experts from the world governing body would soon visit Pakistan, Shaharyar said the players of other sports including football and hockey could also benefit from the PCB lab.

The lab along with its related gear was imported backin 2008 during Dr Nasim Ashraf’s tenure, albeit any proper planning for making it functional. At that time, Mudassar Nazar was working as NCA director.

It is an established practice worldwide that biomechanics labs function in collaboration with a university, as operationalising and functioning of these labs require experts from varied fields.

Though Australian biomechanics expert Daryl Foster, during his 2007 visit to Pakistan had also advised the PCB to install the lab at a university and the University of Punjab was also ready for it, PCB’s priority was to set up the lab at the NCA, which didn’t materialise.

Later, Dr Nasim tendered his resignation and during the tenures of next two PCB chairmen — Ijaz Butt and Zaka Ashraf — the project was overlooked. And Najam Sethi during his one-year tenure as PCB chairman also ignored the matter.

But when the ICC banned two frontline Pakistani bowlers — first ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and then seasoned all-rounder Hafeez — for having illegal bowling action, importance of the lab was somehow realised by the national cricket authorities. Shaharyar then took personal interest to start the lab with the assistance of a private university, ignoring all government varsities.

Meanwhile responding to a question, the chairman failed to give an exact date of head coach Mickey Arthur’s arrival in Pakistan to start his assignment with the national team.

“Currently, Arthur is in Australia, seeking its nationality. In my conversation with him today [Monday], he said that by coming Thursday he would get Australian nationality and then after a couple of days he would also receive Australian passport after which he would apply for Pakistani visa,” detailed Shaharyar.

“I hope Arthur will get Pakistani visa without any hurdle and most probably he will be here in the first week of June.”

He said after Arthur’s arrival the PCB would consult him for appointing different coaches to work with him.

Personally however, the chairman said, he did not believe in the idea of appointing a good number of coaches with national team, saying, “When we have a fine coach in Arthur, let him decide to work according to his [own] plans.”

It may be mentioned here that Arthur has already sought Mohammad Akram to work with him as bowling coach, but the PCB has not yet given green signal on it.

Commenting on Balochistan cricket, the PCB chief said during his recent visit to the province he conveyed it to the chief minister that 19 districts of the province had no cricket grounds, which was the main hurdle for the PCB in awarding affiliation to these districts.

“The chief minister has promised a cricket ground will be made available in each district, including Gwadar,” Shaharyar said. “A new academy in Quetta will also be set up.”

Meanwhile, when reminded that the PCB had failed to start its academy in Karachi despite spending millions of rupees on the facility in the metropolis, the chairman disclosed that the academy would be functional in the next couple of weeks.

Published in Dawn, May 24th, 2016


The tournament taken place in a ground of Jaleeb al shuaikh, both team played well,
the winning team was shining Blaster, president Pakistan sports association Mr. Majid Choudry, Member OPAC and CEO of Al Hafiz Group Mr. hafiz Shabir and president Pakistan business consul Mr. Arif Butt were present during prize distribution ceremony.


Kuwait wins first seven ranks in GCC Squash Tournament by Ussama Al-Khodor MANAMA, April 16 (KUNA), The Kuwaiti Squash team has won the first four of the ranks were won in the single category match while the other three were won in the general category match Head of the Kuwaiti Squash Union Hussein Maqseed told KUNA that the first four ranks in the single category were won by Abdullah Al-Mezyan, Ali Al-Rmizi, Sulaiman Al-Khamees and Falah Fayez.

the Three other ranks were won by bader Al-Husseini, the Gulf champion, Mohammad Yaqoub and Faisal Sarkhouh, becoming the first Kuwaiti achievement to be accomplished in such distinction during the past six years since the tournament had kicked off Maqseed said he dedicates this great victory achieved by the Kuwaiti team to his highness the Amir, His highness the Crown prince and prime Minister and head of the Kuwaiti public Authority for youth and Sport Sheikh fahd Jaber Al-Sabah and Sheikh Talal Fahd Al-Ahmad for their Continuous support.


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