LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram, along with his wife Shaniera Akram, on Monday launched a book titled ‘Pakistan sports achievements in Asia 1947-2013’ at a local hotel here on Monday. The book has been compiled and edited by veteran sports journalist of Pakistan Muhammad Ali. Also present on the occasion were Daily Times Editor Rashed Rahman, Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt Gen (r) Syed Arif Hasan and former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
This book recounts the origins of modern sports in Pakistan. It is by way of an acknowledgment that in the twentieth century Pakistan made notable contributions to modern sports in Asia. The book not only carries classic photos of Pakistan sports since 1947, but also accomplishments of those sports like boxing, snooker, kabaddi, wrestling, table tennis, ju-jitus and wushu etc that have been overlooked in Pakistan due to rise of cricket in the country. The book has complete achievement data and history of Pakistan sports in Asia, and above all information on Pakistan star athletes. It is surely a reference book on Pakistan sports in Asia. The book also provides information about the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and the Pakistan Olympic Association with images of their top officials.
The speakers commended the writer, who is also Daily Times Sports Editor, on his initiative to publish a book on Pakistan sports acheivements in Aisa. They said the publication would serve a very useful purpose in making available to players, officials and sports enthusiasts interesting and valuable information about Pakistan’s sucesess in sports since 1947.
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