LAHORE: The district level of Punjab Youth Festival 2014 on Sunday tested the abilities of the participants and honed their skills further for the upcoming stages of the world’s largest activity that would showcase Pakistan as the peace and sports-loving nation.
On Saturday, a total of 14,067 players displayed their expertise in various competitions and 3,454 won their matches.
Some of the events in Lahore also yielded immense interest of the general public. In karate championship, Rana Shoaib emerged victorious in the under-55kg category at Lahore’s Iqbal Park Wrestling Stadium. The second position was won by Farhan Taj. In the under-65kg class, Savail Fayyaz achieved top position, followed by M Shafiq.
The title of under-75kg category went to Awais Taj while Bilal Khan remained runner-up. The taekwondo competitions were held at the Punjab University New Campus Gymnasium Hall where Mohammad Zeeshan defeated Usman in the 55kg category contest.
The 65kg title was clinched by Atif Ali and Faisal Nazir finished second.
Sufian Anayat got the top position in the 75kg category, and was followed by Shahan Arif.
In the Lahore division’s tehsils of Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib, 1,064 players appeared in the PYF events and 310 returned winners.
As many as 704 players of Chakwal, Attock and Jhelum districts of the Rawalpindi division featured in several events, out of which 156 were declared winners.
A large number of athletes featured in the PYF events in the Sargodha division. Some 3,042 players of Bhakkar, Khushab and Mianwali districts participated in different contests and 1,072 returned successful.
In the Gujranwala division, 5,887 contestants of Hafizabad, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat and Narowal districts exhibited their potential in various games, but only 831 met with success.
As many as 988 players featured in the PYF events in the Faisalabad division. The competitions were held in Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot districts, where 307 remained successful.
In the Okara and Pakpattan districts of the Sahiwal division, 208 athletes showed their skills in different PYF events out of whom 104 were adjudged victorious.
In the Multan division, 388 players of Vehari, Lodhran and Khanewal districts participated in the PYF activities but only 136 scripted victories in their respective events.
The Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan districts of the Bahawalpur division saw some 672 players in action, where 192 were declared triumphant.
The Dera Ghara Khan division remained quite busy in the PYF events. Here, as many as 1,114 athletes demonstrated their potential in Rajanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh in a variety of sporting event, and among them, 146 returned home successful.
The kabaddi event of the district level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 went in favour of Nishtar Town on Sunday.
The event was participated by 11 team of different towns of the district, and in the final, Nishtar Town took on Aziz Bhatti Town and the match was decided in favour of the former 32-22.
A large number of people thronged the arena at Nishtar Colony ground to witness the competition between some of the top kabaddi players of the city. In the first half of the match, both the teams remained locked even. Later, in the second session of the match, Nishtar Town players Arshad Makhan and Imran Meo displayed great game to take the match away from the rival team.
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