KARACHI: Railways clinched the 10th National Women Cycling Championship after accumulating 177 points, while HEC finished second with 160. Punjab secured third place with a total of 86 as the event concluded in Kasur. The event was marred by several teams boycotting the championship, including Army, Wapda, SSGC, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Idrees Haider Khawaja organised the championship but the event’s ‘unofficial nature’ led to the boycott. Meanwhile, Afghanistan, the only foreign team at the event, finished fourth with 68 points. On the final day, Railways won the Team Sprint and the three-kilometre (km) Team Pursuit. HEC’s Mehwish Iqbal won the three-km Individual Pursuit, while Fiza Riaz, who won the one-km sprint, was named the fastest athlete. Punjab’s Neelam was declared the best cyclist of the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.
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