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Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

ISLAMABAD(Championspk )Olympic Channel Services (OCS) today announced that it has to date reached cooperation agreements with 27 International Sports Federations (IFs) to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel, marking another significant step on progress toward launch. Click here to Read More …

Army Polo Championship Finals

Army Polo Championship Finals

( Championspk)The spectators were treated to a fine brand of Polo during Army Polo Championship Finals held at Lahore Garrison Polo grounds. Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif was the Chief Guest and awarded prizes to the winners of Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship. Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali was also present. The Rawalpindi Zone knocked Mangla Zone to runners up position in the stunning finals and took the elusive title of 2016 champions after an invigorating contest which ended with 9-5 (score). Third spot was claimed by Pakistan Rangers Punjab, winning the earlier fixture. The final could not have been a more fierce fight between two incredible teams, Rawalpindi Zone and Mangla Zone. The players and ponies jostled for the lead continuously with each taking their turn at the top. In the end it all came to a head in the last chukkar when Asfanyar Pataudi scored 5 spectacular goals. Hence, consolidating his team position and taking Rawalpindi Zone’s score to 9 goals, 4 goals ahead of Mangla Zone and secured victory and 2016 title for this consistently high quality team. The team Captain of Rawalpindi Zone, Major General Asfandyar Pataudi received the Army Polo Championships trophy, while the team Captain of Gujranwala Zone, Lt Col Ali Zaman received the Tent Pegging Trophy. Earlier, the spectators were enthralled by equestrian games. The remarkable horsemanship by Army Tent Pegging teams and tilting tunes of Army band added colour to the concluding ceremony of Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship.

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

ISLAMABAD (Championspk) Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has on Monday said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play cricket series in India. He said that it is impossible for Pakistan to keep singing the ballads of friendship despite continuous hate-mongering from the Indian side,

Talking informally to media at Punjab House in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar said that India’s treatment was unfair with former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shehryar Khan, PCB Chief Executive Najam Sethi and revered singer Ghulam Ali. “Why was there no action against anyone for such behaviour with Pakistanis in India?” questioned Nisar.

Pakistani Interior Minister said that Indian government was behind everything that happened to the Pakistani citizens in India. He said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play the cricket series in India. “It is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s prerogative whether he wants to send the team to India or not but I will keep opposing such an act”, he added.

“It is impossible for us to keep singing the ballads of friendship while Indians continue war-mongering”, he said. Nisar added that Pakistan will raise the issue of declaring Shiv Sena as a terrorist organization on international level

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

Islamabad(Championspk )The world best spin bowler a Going through the worst Numerous international recorded the planting of some officials of is PCB Mafia victim of the conspiracy Far from representing pakistan cricket Team Young cricketers would be bananas Coaching Academy hampered saeed ajmal Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal to burn his cricket kit and equipment has paid off as he has been allowed by the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad to continue his academy inside its campus. Ajmal has threatened to burn his cricket gear if he was forced to close down his academy and vacate the varsity land on the campus by the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab Shahbaz Sharif stepped in today and a compromise was reached between the two warring parties. About the academy Everything is settled now and I am very happy. A proper MOU will be signed in a few days and there will be a management committee constituted to look after all financial affairs of the academy,” Ajmal told reporters after meeting with the VC and DCO of Faisalabad. ALSO SEE Ajmal delivers deadly ‘doosra’ The university had yesterday issued a notice to Ajmal to vacate the premises within three days. The VC later said on Geo Super channel that they feared that there was financial mismanagement at the academy and Ajmal was using it for commercial gain which was against the agreement between the two parties. Ajmal was given land inside the university campus in 2012 to build and run his academy by the syndicate committee of the university. But few months back the syndicate issued a notice sent to the Pakistan spinner informing him that due to security reasons they had cancelled the permission given to him to run the academy. The off spinner said he had removed all apprehensions of the university while the DCO had agreed to ensure top security for the academy. “Everything is settled now and I am allowed to continue running the academy. I told them I have no financial or commercial motives and just want to produce top class players from the talent in Faisalabad,” Ajmal said. The Pakistan spinner has been out of luck since his bowling action was declared illegal last year by the International Cricket Council. Although he has modified his bowling action and will be going for the Bangladesh Premier League this month, the in PCB Pakistani cricket borad some officials is PCB Mafia and selectors have ignored him since always.

IOC satatement on WADA independent Camnission Report

IOC satatement on WADA independent  Camnission Report

( Championsok)This is a deeply shocking report and very saddening for the world of sport. The IOC trusts that the new leadership of the IAAF with its President Sebastian Coe will draw all the necessary conclusions and will take all the necessary measures. In this context the IOC welcomes the clear commitment expressed by IAAF to do “whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport.”

The protection of the clean athletes is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee. This is why in Olympic Agenda 2020 the IOC has undertaken far reaching measures in this commitment.

With regard to the Olympic Games, the IOC will continue to take whatever measures needed to safeguard clean athletes, clean sport and good governance. In the most recent Olympic Summit meeting we have decided to make testing independent from sports organisations and have entrusted WADA to come up with proposals.

The IOC will also carefully study the report with regard to the Olympic Games. If any infringements on the anti-doping rules by athletes and or their entourage should be established, the IOC will react with its usual zero tolerance policy.

We support the attempt of the independent commission to bring all the facts to light in the interest of the integrity of the sport and the protection of the cleans athletes.

With regard to the police inquiries against the former IAAF President Mr. Lamine Diack the IOC Ethics Commission has today decided to recommend the provisional suspension of his IOC honorary membership.

Adam Scott Moves to Conventional Putter at Presidents Cup

Adam Scott Moves to Conventional Putter at Presidents Cup

INCHEON, South Korea (Championspk) Adam Scott only has three months left before the method used for his long putter is banned.

He saw no need to wait.

Scott used a conventional putter for a practice round Monday at the Presidents Cup, and the 35-year-old Australian said this time he won’t be going back. Scott spent the last five weeks practicing with the new putter and a cross-handed grip that feels as comfortable as the long putter he had used the last four years.

”I think it was a good time to make a change and spend some time working on it,” Scott said. ”It’s a similar amount of time, actually, when I switched to the long putter, that gap of five weeks between events. It took shape quickly, and I feel the same will happen with this. It’s kind of refreshing to have to make a forced change because my putting stats are not that impressive this year.”

Scott’s putting has never been a strength, though this season his No. 158 ranking in the key putting statistic was his worst since he last used a conventional putter in 2010.

Golf’s ruling bodies adopted a new rule effective Jan. 1 that bans the anchored stroke used for longer putters. Scott switched to a long putter in 2011 and won the Masters two years later.

He showed up at Doral at the start of this year using a conventional putter and tied for fourth. But he missed the cut the following week at the Valspar Championship, finished 13 shots out of the lead at Bay Hill and went back to the long putter.

”I didn’t take any time going into that,” he said. ”I just did it with no thought and open mind to see how it went. It went well, really, but maybe I got a little jumpy as I neared the Masters without a little practice and went back. But this is a more permanent move. I think I’ve got to stick with it now and get good at it.”

Other players who won majors with an anchored putting stroke – Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Ernie Els – already made the switch. Scott got more attention than the others because his performance in the majors improved shortly after going to a long putter, even though he was ranked out of the top 100 in putting all but one year.

”There was a bit of a letdown and some frustration,” Scott said. ”I didn’t putt well knowing I had to make the change in the back of my mind, and now there’s a clear path going forward.”

Scott has gone 14 consecutive years winning somewhere in the world, a streak that now is in jeopardy going into his final six tournaments of the year. He has had only two top 10s since March – a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open and a tie for 10th in the British Open – and didn’t make it beyond the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Turns out that extra month off proved useful.

Scott said he always felt as though a cross-handed grip would be the best style. He worked with his coach and the Scotty Cameron putting studio to find the right putter, and he showed up at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea feeling good about the rest of the year.

”I’m more confident putting it into play this week,” he said. ”Playing with it early in the year I didn’t know what to expect. This week … there has to be a week where I start, and it might as well be here. I’m confident I can make myself one of the best putters on tour with a short putter.”

Along with a conventional putter, the other difference with Scott was the tape on his right middle finger. He said he damaged it earlier in the year – he’s not sure when or even how – and it began to aggravate him around the PGA Championship. He discovered a torn ligament from the repetitive stress of hitting golf balls, but the time off helped and Scott said it has healed enough for him to play.

Lillehammer 2016 “rocking the Youth Olympic Games”

Lillehammer 2016 “rocking the Youth Olympic Games”

Norway(Championspk )With just under 130 days to go to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, this coming February (12-21), the local organisers (LYOGOC) presented their final preparations to the IOC Coordination Commission this week. The young team vowed to combine elite sport competition with a festival atmosphere across the cities in a free event that they describe as “rocking the YOG”.

Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Angela Ruggiero said, “The team in Lillehammer should be very proud of what they are developing; this event stands out from other sports competitions as a wonderful combination of elite sport, a festive atmosphere and the opportunity for young people to be inspired and learn through sport. All of this is taking place in a nation with a rich Olympic history and awesome venues. Lillehammer 2016 is innovating and taking the Youth Olympic Games to a new level.”

Final plans for the “Sjoggfest” – meaning snow festival and named after the mascot, Sjogg, particularly impressed the IOC Coordination Commission members as an event that appeals to youth culture while testing new concepts and pushing the boundaries of the YOG. Some 1,100 of the world’s best young athletes and future champions will compete in all of the seven sports on the Olympic programme, with some new youth-focused additions over the 10 days of the Games, while spectators and athletes alike will be able to enjoy a daily programme of film, music and arts festivals that brings together some of Norway’s leading talent.

In close collaboration with the International Federations, the Organising Committee has completed its sports initiation programme, which will allow visiting athletes and spectators to try out different sports for themselves under the guidance of expert coaches. Away from the competition venues, a “Sports Lab”-style concept will take place in an urban environment, allowing new sports to be showcased and enjoyed such as telemarking, ice-climbing, parkour, bandy and icestocksport.

The Organising Committee presented its final legacy plans, which aim to write a new Olympic history for Lillehammer and Norway. Twenty-two years after the Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994, all venues are functioning at the highest level for international competition following a series of upgrades for the YOG, including new snow production infrastructure at Hafjell, a new freestyle venue and an updated ski jump profile at the iconic Lysgårdsbakken – the venue also for the Opening Ceremony. The Youth Olympic Village, supported by the IOC’s EUR 13.5 million contribution, has been open since 1 September, and students are already enjoying their new residence ahead of the Games.

For future generations, an Olympic Legacy Centre is being created in Lillehammer, securing its place as the home for international winter sports athletes. In addition, Lillehammer 2016 is already realising its ambition to contribute to the 10-year plan of boosting Norwegian youth sports: 200 young leaders are now fully trained not only to support during Games-time, but also giving them opportunities for future careers in sport. A total of 20,000 children have been invited by Oppland and Hedmark regions to experience a “Dream Day” at Lillehammer 2016, including watching sports competitions and participating in sports initiations, educational activities and festivals.

The Youth Olympic Flame will be lit in Athens on 1 December, to be followed by a Torch Tour that will carry this excitement across the nation with 21 “flame events” taking place across all counties of Norway, organised by young people and highlighting young ”changemakers” who have made a difference through sport in their communities. The start of the Torch Tour will be broadcast live at the annual Norwegian Sports Gala on 9 January.

Tomas Holmestad, Lillehammer 2016 CEO, said, “The Olympic flame may light up Lillehammer for the 10 days of the Games, but that spark is already alive in the city, and the excitement is spreading across Norway. Thanks to the support from our NOC, the national sports federations, government at all levels and the fantastic team in place, we are ready to deliver one big sporting party!”

Almost 7,000 volunteers have signed up to fill the 3,000 places required during Games time and, with close to 70 per cent being under the age of 30 and almost half being international volunteers, this demonstrates the growing reach and international interest in the YOG among young people.

The fifth and final IOC Coordination Commission visit follows an exciting few days for the host city. Guests from 66 countries gathered in Lillehammer, including the Chef de Mission representatives, 39 Young Ambassadors (YAs), chosen by the NOCs to guide the athletes through their YOG experience, and five of the 15 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) – Olympians and champions who act as sports mentors throughout the Games. The YAs and ARMs took part in the series of workshops, excursions and team-building activities that will be open to the athletes during Games time. This programme, which will be run by leading experts, is intended to support athletes in their future careers on and off the field of play, and covers topics such as healthy lifestyles, anti-doping, illegal betting, injury prevention and life after sport.

MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR CLINCHES THE SERENA HOTELS-CAS INTERNATIONAL SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY

MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR CLINCHES  THE SERENA HOTELS-CAS INTERNATIONAL SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY

IslamabaD (Championspk) Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt won the final match of the Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship, 2015 played at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad. The final was a thrilling contest between two Egyptians Defending Champion Omar Abdel Meguid and Mohamed Abouelghar. Omar Abdel Meguid won the first game easily with the game score 11/7. The second game was won by Mohamed Abouelghar with the game score11/9. He consolidated his grip on the match by winning the third game with the game score 13/11. Omar Abdel Meguid came back in the match by winning the fourth game with the score 11/6. The last game was won by Mohamed Abouelghar with the game score 11/9, earning him the championship trophy. The match lasted for 78 minutes.

Air Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, Acting Chief of the Air Staff was the Chief Guest at the occasion. The Chief Guest awarded trophies to the players. Foreign diplomats, former World Champions Mr. Jahangir Khan, Mr. Qamar Zaman, Mr. Jansher Khan and Mr. Gogi Alauddin along with a large number of squash lovers witnessed the match. It is heartening to note that eight International Squash Players from different countries participated in 25 thousand US Dollar prize money tournament. Main round of the tournament started on 03 October, 2015 with 16 player

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