Pakistan on Saturday was off to a flying begin, successful gold, silver and 4 bronze medals on the opening day of the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games.
The event will formally kick off on Sunday with over 6,000 athletes from 65 Asian international locations participating in 21 totally different disciplines. Pakistan’s Shahzeb Nawaz and Muhammad Rafique’s beautiful demonstration in males duo present closing upset Thailand on higher factors, witnessed by a jam-packed indoor complicated.
The duo earlier upset Turkmenistan’s twin brothers Ahmad Tanriberdiyew and Yousaf Tanriberdyew, after taking a bye within the opening spherical. Shahzeb and Muhammad Rafique secured 45 factors towards 44.5 of sturdy Thailand pair, leaving a distinction of zero.5. It was an in depth struggle.
Each the gamers thanked the Almighty by kissing the ground on successful the primary gold medal of the video games for Pakistan. Speaking to APP, Shehbaz Nawaz and Rafique mentioned that they’d undergone onerous coaching again house. After recording a victory towards the host Turkmenistan, successful the gold medal was their goal. “Turkmenistan was a robust staff and their defeat had boosted their morale that they might additionally beat Thailand,” they added.
In the meantime, Pakistan grabbed two silver and three bronze medals in jujitsu and one bronze medal in conventional wrestling. The duo of worldwide Abu Hurrara and Ammar grabbed silver medals by defeating Tajikistan after which claiming the golden level when their struggle with Thailand tied on 80 factors every. They later misplaced the gold medal struggle to host Turkmenistan.
In ladies duo present traditional occasion, Sonia Manzoor and Komal Emmanul grabbed bronze medals with Thailand received the gold medal and Turkmenistan took silver medal respectively. Pakistan misplaced to Turkmenistan and Vietnam, and defeated arch-rival India. Within the ladies duo present, the identical pair received the bronze medal with Thailand received the gold medal and Turkmenistan the silver medal, and within the combined duo traditional, Pakistan’s one other pair of Shahbaz Nawaz Janjua and Rafique Siddique misplaced to Turkmenistan and Thailand and recorded victory towards Tajikistan to seize a bronze medal.
Within the conventional wrestling Ambareen Massih received bronze medal in 58kg weight whereas her sister Humaira misplaced. Earlier, 135-member contingent of Pakistan led by Chef de Mission Amjad Ali Khan was warmly obtained by Turkmenistanian Olympic officers. The Turkmen kids chanted slogans: “Lengthy lives Pakistan-Turkmenistan friendship” on the bird-like newly constructed worldwide airport like different 65 collaborating international locations of Asia. Pakistan is participating in 9 totally different Video games comprising Athletic, Belt Wrestling, Free Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Conventional Wrestling, Tennis, Taekwondo, Kick-Boxing, Weightlifting.
In the meantime, all is about for the formal opening ceremony of the much-anticipated occasion on Sunday night with Ashgabat illuminated with multi-colour lights, vibrant fountains and multi-banners on the roads resulting in the Olympic Metropolis. In a media briefing, Asia Olympic Committee Chairman Charles Lo, Video games CEO James Bulley and Video games Operation Supervisor Annasuket KAKAYAV mentioned that Turkmenistan was the primary Central Asian nation to host any of the OCA occasions and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berglimuhamedow together with dignitaries, together with President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan would grace the formal opening ceremony on Sunday.
The ceremony shall be held on the newly constructed Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. The spectacular venue situated on the middle of the complicated is a one among a sort facility and set to go away a long-lasting legacy for Turkmen sports activities, particularly as a soccer and athletics venue. With the 45,000-seating capability stadium, Ashgabat boasts some really spectacular numbers, with a large solid of characters, unbelievable feats of engineering and infrastructure, intricate preparations in catering, and a slew of different preparations accomplished to accommodate the incoming athletes from Asia and Oceania.
There are 45 international locations of Asia and 19 Oceana international locations, in addition to one refugee staff competing underneath the Olympic banner – a primary for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games. The variety of sports activities slated for the Ashgabat 2017 programme, together with all the things from Belt Wrestling to Observe Biking, with 4 of these sports activities a part of the Olympic Video games programme. There are 351 medal occasions and a complete of 1870 medals could be awarded. A complete of 15 totally different venues ready in line with worldwide wants for the competitions unfold out throughout the 1.5 sqr-km Ashgabat Olympic Complicated. Out of the 15 venues 13 venues are newly constructed, with state-of-the-art services at par with the very best on the planet, whereas two services have been totally upgraded for the video games.
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