Pakistan grab bronze at youth scrabble

Published: December 12, 2012
Team also clinches award for highest single move score at world championship. PHOTO: FILE

Team also clinches award for highest single move score at world championship. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: An indifferent year for Pakistan sports seems to be ending on a high.

Just days after winning the amateur world snooker championship and taking bronze at the Champions Trophy hockey, Pakistan managed to secure third position behind Australia and Malaysia at the World Youth Scrabble Championship that concluded in Birmingham on Monday.

Javeria Salman finished as the highest-ranked Pakistani in the event at 14th.

“We have finally done it,” Javeria told The Express Tribune. “We’ve been working hard for this for the past three years now and it has finally paid off. We are now placed among the world’s best. We can’t be underestimated anymore. We will win the championship next year for sure.”

Javeria Salman

The Pakistan Scrabble Association (PSA) sent an eight-member team to the championship, the team’s third appearance in the event, after finishing fifth in Malaysia last year. PSA Director Tariq Pervez, who was supervising the team, said that each player showed marked improvement from the last event.

“I received amazing reviews for our kids from other participants,” said Pervez. “My players were the best-behaved and impressive. I’m just glad that these children are not only leaving with an award but also with a lot of praise. I’m glad that every player performed well and that all of them finished in the top half of the championship that comprised 60 players from all over the world.”

Meanwhile, Javeria Mirza of Pakistan also won the award for the highest single move score for the ‘Shunters’. Australia’s Michael McKenna clinched the world youth title while Malaysia’s Cheong Yi Wei finished as runner-up.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Atif
    Dec 12, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Congratulations to all Pakistan :-) at last we have some good news coming after long time. It proves we as a nation are full of talent and resources, what we need is another M.A. Jinnah to take us out of this bad patch, lets just pray that ALLAH send someone like him and blessed us as a nation.




  • S
    Dec 12, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Well done! May ALLAH help us with all our issues


  • abs
    Dec 12, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Great work keep it up u r future of the country :)


  • Nouman Ahmed
    Dec 12, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Well Done! Keep it up


  • Zaid
    Dec 13, 2012 - 2:10AM

    Really proud of the Pakistani team especially Javeria for her excellent performance!! Inshallah next time we shall be 1st with the way the team is progressing on a yearly basis!!Recommend

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