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05-20-2011, 01:45 PM
KP shock Punjab to win U-16 Girls Badminton C’ship trophy

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa succeeded in breaking the jinx of Punjab after 26 years by winning both the individual as well as championship titles in the thrill-packed finals witnessed by capacity spectators.

Provincial Minister for Sports Syed Aqil Shah, Secretary Sports Azam Khan, Chief Executive Right to Play Iqbal Janjua, Director General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Board Eng. Khanzeb Khan, Director Sports (female) Rashida Ghanavi, Director Sports Training, officials and players were also present.

In the individual final Faiza Waheed defeated current national champion Fariha Imtiaz of Punjab by 21-19 and 22-20 in a thrilling match. Faiza secured victory against Tameem of AJK in the first semi-final by 2-0 with score of 21-14, 21-13 while Fariha of Punjab beat Sidra of Sindh in the second semi-final by 2-0 with score of 21-14, 21-18.

Tameem of AJK defeated Sidra of Sindh in the third position match by taking the third position trophy by 2-1, score 21-17, 15-21 and 21-19.

In the team championship final Fariha of Punjab beat Arifa of KP by 2-0, the score was 21-18, 22-20 but in the doubles Faiza and Amina of KP beat Fariha and Sehar by 2-1, the score was 21-19, 14-21, 21-18 and in the singles Faiza beat Bakhtawar of Punjab by 2-1, the score was 21-16, 17-21 and 21-18 while the doubles twin sister Arifa and Aqsa shocked Punjab pair Bakhtawar and Kauser by 2-1, the score was 23-21, 20-22 and 21-19. There were thundering applauses on the excellent display of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab players. In the third position match AJK defeated Sindh by 3-0.

At the end, Syed Aqil Shah gave away trophies and cash prizes. Faiza, who did not lose a single set, was declared the best player of the championship and was awarded Rs. 10,000 in cash.

Syed Aqil Shah also announced that the victorious team would be awarded cash incentives soon for winning the U-16 Inter-Provincial trophy. He also lauded Ms. Rashida Ghaznavi for organizing different events besides hiring the services of two coaches Mehpara Gul and NIghat Khan from Punjab.

He said the girls have good talent and such talent needs to be explored through comprehensive plan to be chalked out soon. He said camps of longer duration would be organized in different games for the Provincial as well different National events.—APP (