ABBOTTABAD: National athlete Sami Ullah of Peshawar claimed a very deserving gold medal after crossing a 50 metre standing disability part of the ongoing 27th International Special Games being played at historical Kunj Football Stadium here on Saturday.
There were tough contests between the top eight players competing in the 50m sprint race and Sami Ullah won gold medal, followed by Imran of Gujrat and Musa of Quetta. There were hundreds of spectators present on this occasion.
In the 100m sprint race Rizwan of Faisalabad claimed the gold medal, followed by Ahmad Yar of Lahore and Ali Khan of Peshawar with silver and bronze medals respectively. In the 100m race, Niaz Khan of Peshawar claimed a gold medal in lower disability, followed by Danial of Lahore and Azaan of Abbottabad.
In the Standing Disability Table Tennis international Table Tennis player, Abdullah of Peshawar faced tough resistance against Ibrahim Khan, an other international table tennis player, in the marathon 3-2 battle.
In the Wheel Chair Table Tennis final international Iltaf of Peshawar defeated Zabi Ullah, also from Peshawar also played well and at the end Iltaf, an international player, represented Pakistan in Korea, defeated Zabi Ullah by 3-1, the score was 13-11, 11-9, 8-11 and 11-9.
In the Weightlifting Standing Disability 100kg weight Iltaf Hussain claimed gold medal, followed by Zulfiqar with silver medal. In the 70kg weight category, Muhammad Mustafa of Lahore claimed gold medal, followed by Bilal Khan of Peshawar.
In the Wheel Chair Cricket Bajaur, Kujrat, Upper Dir, Gujranwala advanced to the next round after defeating their respective rivals in the Cricket Wheel Chair event. In the first match, Bajaur defeated DG Khan by 10 wickets.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2019.