The South Asian Games 2019 began on December 1, 2019 at Kathmandu in Nepal. The 13th edition of the games will conclude on December 10. Different cities of Nepal are hosting the event this year including Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur.
The South Asian Games 2019 official mascot is a pair of blackbucks. Blackbucks are an endangered species, found mostly in the southern region of Nepal.
Short recap is blow;
Pakistani weightlifters Talha Talib, Usman Rathore, Muhammad Hanzala Dastgir and Nooh Butt showed impressive skills and won four gold medals.
Judoka Hamid Ali, playing in +100kg weight category, won all the league matches against India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka to grab gold medal.
Shah Hussain Shah is all set to represent the country in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as he won all the league matches against India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka with full points to clinch gold in -100kg. He just consumed less than 10 seconds against all opponents in all the fights.
In-90kg judo, Qaiser Khan won silver medal as he lost the final against India.
Bisma Khan won silver medal in swimming.
Sanaullah got silver in boxing, as he lost the final against Indian boxer.
Muhammad Husnain, Beenish Khans, Humaira Ashiq and Amina Toyoda earned bronze medals.
In squash team event, Pakistan got off to flying start and beat hosts Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while Pakistani women team beat Sri Lanka 2-1.
In the men’s first match against Nepal, Farhan Mehboob beat Simha Arhanta 3-0 in 18 minutes, as he won the first game 11-7, second 11-5 and third 11-3. Asim Khan beat Magar Amrit Thapa 3-0 in 17 minutes, winning 11-5, 11-4 and 11-5, Amaad Fareed thrashed Bhlon Amir 3-0 in just 14 minutes, winning 11-4, 11-1 and 11-1. Against Sri Lanka, Asim Khan beat Wakeel Mohomed Shamil 3-0 winning 11-9, 11-3 and 11-6, Amaad Fareed beat Perara Drunvinka 3-0, winning 11-4, 11-4 and 11-7 and Farhan Mehboob beat Holipitige Ravindu Hashintha 3-0 winning 11-4, 11-5 and 11-5.
Pakistan outperformed Bangladesh 3-0. Tayyab Aslam beat Sumon Md 3-0 in 20 minutes, winning 11-8, 11-9 and 11-9, Asim Khan beat Raju Sri Kumar 3-0 in 14 minutes, winning 11-8, 11-1 and 11-1 and Farhan Mehboob beat Debnath Runny 3-0 in 17 minutes, winning 11-4, 11-2 and 11-3.
Pakistani women beat Sri Lanka 2-1. Faiza Zafar beat Issadeen Fathoum 3-1 in 40 minutes, as she lost the first game 5-11, before winning next three games 11-8, 11-9 and 11-5 to give Pakistan 1-0 lead. Her younger sister Madina Zafar hammered Karuppu Yeheni 3-0 in 20 minutes, winning 11-1, 11-2 and 11-6 to give Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead, while in the third and dead rubber, Amna Fayyaz lost against Arachchige Mihiliya 0-3 in 21 minutes, with the scores of 7-11, 8-11 and 9-11.
Pakistan stand on number four with 32 gold medals, 37 silver, 55 bronze and total 124 medals.
IPC Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza congratulated the medal winners and promised to provide them more facilities, so that they may train harder and win more laurels for their country in international events.
The 13th South Asian Games witnessed participation from seven South Asians including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldives. Overall, a total of 2,715 athletes are competing in the event, which includes a total of 27 sports. Cricket returned to the games after a gap of eight years.
Via: Web Desk