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23 August 2019

JOSH-GAMES National Tournament concludes at Jinnah Sports Complex

JOSH-GAMES National Tournament concludes at Jinnah Sports Complex

Islamabad—The Josh-Games National tournament concluded on Sunday here at Jinnah Sports Complex at Islamabad. The three-day sporting event was organized by Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB). The Board organizes such national tournaments in many parts of the world including Africa, North America, Europe and South Asia. Josh-Games are Pakistan tailored national games. The whole idea behind the tournament by the organization is to explore talent out of friendly and healthy competitions.

At the closing ceremony Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) was the Chief Guest who commended endeavours of AKYSB for successfully bringing together youth of Pakistan and provide them an opportunity to exhibit their talent. He told that CDA would be more than happy to extend its support to AKYSB in whatever initiative that is taken to develop the youth.

Josh-Games concluded after a thrilling football final between teams of Upper Chitral and RIPMA (a short form used to cluster Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshwar, Mardan and Attock). Team RIPMA forced Upper Chitral towards a 1-0 defeat. Chitrali fans, however, escaped the condemnation as Chitrali Women volleyball team secured a victory in the final.

Earlier, on Friday, Iqbal Walji, the president of Ismaili Council of Pakistan inaugurated the games. Since Jinnah Sports complex is a state-of-the-art facility, Josh-Games included most of the indoor, outdoor and track and field competitions.  About 1000 athletes participated in the tournament from across the country— each with a burning zeal to win.

Athletes from Ghizar, Gilgit, Hunza, Chitral, RIPMA, Punjab, Sindh and Karachi represented their regions in the games.  The tournament also included games where senior citizens of the community contested. People with physical impairment remained of great interest in the Special Games. More than 400 volunteer hands were behind the arrangements made for the tournament as we were told. (DT Report)

Naveed  Hussain has contributed to this story from Islamabad, Pakistan