PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army clinched the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the 24th times when its secured 7,909 points with 150 gold medals, 134 silver and 96 bronze medals, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was awarded fair play trophy of the 33rd National Games.
The national games were concluded with a colourful closing ceremony, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman awarded the trophy to Pakistan Army. The chief guest awarded fair play to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
President Pakistan Olympic Association Lt. Gen (Retd) Arif Hassan, Secretary Khalid Mehmood, President KP Olympic Association Syed Aqil Shah, Secretary Sports Kamran Rehman, Director General Sports Asfandyar Khattak, Managing Director Tourism Corporation Junaid Khan and large number of spectators were also present in the closing ceremony.
Pakistan Wapda secured second position with 7,093 points, and grabbed 148 gold medals, 99 silver medals and 73 bronze medals. Pakistan Railways got fourth position with 1,815 points with 12 gold, 20 silver medals and 73 bronze medals.
Pakistan Navy took fourth position with 1,770 points with 21 Gold, 24 Silver and 22 Bronze Medals. Pakistan Air Force got 1426 points, with 11 gold medals, 16 silver and 31 bronze medals. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained at seventh position with 1287 points, by grabbing two gold, five silver and 34 bronze medals.
Higher Education Commission with 11 gold medals, 11 silver and 38 bronze medals got 8th position. HEC players have been on the points table before, but this time KP players performing 1285 points with ‘two gold’ five silver medals and 34 bronze medals.
A total of 10,000 athletes from 14 different units including Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Punjab, Pakistan Police, Sindh, Balochistan, Wapda, Railways, HEC, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and host Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took part in the mega event.
The Games cost Rs 220 million which aimed to portray a soft image of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in rest of the world. “We are peace loving and believe in peace and through this mega national games, we are giving a message of peace to the rest of the world,” Governor Shah Farman said in brief talks soon after arrival.
International-standard facilities at Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex, Charsadda, Hayatabad Sports Complex, Peshawar, Jamrud Sports Complex, Khyber District, Peshawar Sports Complex and Abbottabad Sports Complex hosted all the 32 Men and 27 Women disciplines. It is worth mentioning here that KP got the honor of holding these Games for the 7th times earlier KP organized these Games in 1958, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2010.