THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > SPORTS Due to insufficient funds: Taekwondo contingent denied Canadian visas

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > SPORTS Due to insufficient funds: Taekwondo contingent denied Canadian visas

KARACHI: 

The Pakistan Taekwondo Federation’s (PTF) campaign for the 2016 World Junior Taekwondo Championship has been dealt a major blow as host country Canada refused to issue visas to two of the four traveling athletes as well as three officials for the event which begins on November 14 in Burnaby.

Among the personnel refused visas are PTF president Waseem Ahmed, athletes Zaheer Baig and Obdoon Butt as well as coaches Najia Khan and Rizwan Bangash.

Ahmed admitted that the visa setback came as a shock as the players had been training for two and a half months.

“It is very upsetting and extremely disappointing. We had fulfilled all the formalities and the government also gave us the NOCs,” Ahmed told The Express Tribune. “The Pakistan Sports Board was also supporting us so it is just mind-boggling why we were not issued the visas. Our players are 15 and 16-year-olds while all the officials are well-travelled individuals.”

 

He continued: “We’ve raised the issue with World Taekwondo Federation and the organisers as countries like ours should not be treated in this manner.”

The PTF supremo then revealed that the reason given for their refusal of visas was ‘insufficient funds’ in PTF’s account.

“They raised the issue that we don’t have enough money, but we actually do, as the Pakistan government also gave us Rs1 million for this event. Of course, we don’t have extra money but we had enough to participate and return to Pakistan,” Ahmed explained.

 

The visa issue does not affect US-based athletes Mahnoor and Nimra Wasiq, who will be competing at the championship.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 9th, 2016.

Spain and Wales cruise, Kosovo earn historic draw

Spain and Wales cruise, Kosovo earn historic draw

Spain and Wales cruise, Kosovo earn historic draw

 

PARIS – Spain began life under new coach Julien Lopetegui in perfect style while Gareth Bale inspired Euro 2016 sensations Wales and Kosovo earned a historic point in World Cup qualifying on Monday.

Lopetegui enjoyed a perfect competitive debut as Diego Costa, David Silva and Alvaro Morata all hit doubles in an 8-0 drubbing of Liechtenstein in Leon.
Over in Cardiff, Real Madrid forward Bale teed up Sam Vokes for a 38th-minute opener and then scored his 23rd and 24th international goals either side of an effort by Joe Allen, who registered his first in a 4-0 crushing of Moldova.

Elsewhere Daryl Murphy’s first ever international goal secured the Republic of Ireland a 2-2 draw against Serbia in Belgrade, and 10-man Italy beat Israel 3-1 in Haifa.
But arguably the performance of the night was in Turku where Valon Berisha made history, scoring Kosovo’s first goal on their competitive debut as they came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Finland.

The goal gave Kosovo a precious point in qualifying Group I after Paulus Arajuuri had put Finland in front from close range in the 18th minute.
Kosovo were accepted into FIFA in May, and this was a remarkable result given that world football’s governing body only gave their approval for a host of players to represent the Balkan outfit earlier on Monday.

Among those given the green light at the last minute were goalkeeper and captain Samir Ujkani, previously capped by Albania, Albert Bunjaku, who featured for Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup, and goal-scorer Berisha, who was playing for Norway as recently as June.

With several thousand Kosovans living in the Turku region, there was a sizeable support for the away side in their first ever competitive outing.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
About 100 countries recognise it as a state now, but major countries like 2018 World Cup hosts Russia do not.

Serbia vehemently opposed Kosovo’s admittance to world governing body FIFA, which came soon after Europe’s governing body UEFA narrowly approved their membership.

Their World Cup bow comes after their Olympic debut at the Rio Games last month, with Kosovo being accepted by the International Olympic Committee in 2014.
Spain’s comprehensive win put them atop Group G ahead of Italy on goal difference.
“We reaped our rewards in the second-half for what we did right in the first-half,” said Lopetegui.

“I am happy.
They are the first three points and it was important to start well.

Spain and Italy meet in their next qualifier in Turin on October 6.
Chris Coleman’s Wales, who lost to eventual champions Portugal at Euro 2016, are seeking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958.
“We had to get off to a good start in the first game,” said Wales manager Coleman.
“It was going to be tough and we had to be patient and disciplined, and we were.
We had a good level of professionalism and the supporters were great.
The players got the ball and could have scored more.

Like Coleman, Ireland’s manager Martin O’Neill was satisfied with his team’s first steps to Russia.
“I think we fought back magnificently,” said the 64-year-old Northern Irishman after Jeff Hendricks had put his side into a three minute lead, with Filip Kostic and a penalty from Southampton’s Dusan Tadic putting Serbia in front before Murphy’s equaliser.
“It is a good result and we would have taken a point before the game.

In Israel, new Italian manager Giampiero Ventura reflected on his debut win with goals from Graziano Pelle, Antonio Candreva from the penalty spot, and Ciro Immobile, after veteran defender Girgio Chiellini was sent off in the 55th minute for his second yellow card.

He said: “I won’t say our performance was perfect, as we conceded that goal similar to the one we let in against France (in last week’s friendly).
” The 68-year-old manager added: “We worked as a team, suffered as a team and won as a team.

Results

Austria 2-1 Georgia Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland Wales 4-0 Moldova Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein Italy 3-1 IsraelCroatia 1-1 TurkeyUkraine 1-1 IcelandFinland 1-1 Kosovo

Source The Ntion

Lack of international tours ended Pakistan boxers Olympic hopes

KARACHI: The dreams of Pakistan’s boxers to qualify for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro came crashing down last week in the Azeri capital of Baku when five hopefuls lost their matches in the final qualifying round for the Games.

Boxers Syed Mohammad Asif (52kg), Niamatullah (56kg), Ahmed Ali (60kg), Tanveer Ahmed and Awais Ali Khan took part in the World Olympic Qualification Event and lost their respective matches in the first round.

Source (Published in Dawn, June 24th, 2016)

Masroor Hockey Series

Masroor Hockey Series

 

This series is organized by MKA Muqami Rabwah and it will start on 30 January 2016 and will end on 1 February 2016. 4 teams are participating in the series. The teams are:

  1. Team Noor
  2. Team Mahmood
  3. Team Nasir
  4. Team Tahir

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According to MKA Muqami the aim is to bring sportsmanship between the players and to bring awareness between the players that how to play in team or in other words the players will know what is team work. We wish good luck to all the teams.