Naushairwan grabs another silver medal for Punjab in National Games
Punjab’s 17-year-old teenager Naushairwan Ashiq grabbed another silver medal in 33rd National Games marathon race at Mardan on Wednesday.
Naushairwan covered the distance of 42 km in 2 hours and 29 minutes. Army’s Nadeem Hasan completed his race in two hours and 24 minutes to win the marathon. Marathon race began at Col Sher Khan Inter-Change Mardan and also finished at the same point. DG Sports KP Asfandyar Khattak was the chief guest on this occasion.
Punjab boys’ hockey team exhibited wonderful ball control and dodging and trounced Balochistan by a huge margin of 6-1 in a match of National Games hockey event. Army thrashed Punjab by a massive margin of 30-0 in National Games rugby event.
Overall, Punjab is placed at 5th place in medals tally with 15 medals including three silver and 12 bronze medals. Punjab athletes have so far taken seven medals including two silver and five bronze in wrestling, three bronze in boys swimming, one bronze in girls swimming, two bronze in rowing and one bronze medal in athletics.
Army topped the medals table with 58 gold, 50 silver and 32 bronze medals till the filing of this report. Wapda captured second spot with 36 gold, 31 silver and 25 bronze medals followed by Navy with 15 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals.
The Sindh contingent also managed to clinch one gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won a silver and nine bronze while Islamabad has so far won only a single bronze medal in 33rd National Games.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, in a statement on Wednesday expressed his satisfaction on the performance of Punjab athletes in the 33rd National Games. “There is tough competition in 33rd National Games and in the presence of top professionals our athletes managed to clinch 15 medals which is quite satisfactory”.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh expressed his hope that Punjab athletes will show more encouraging results and win more medals in coming events during 33rd National Games.