LAHORE, Nov 9 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 09th Nov, 2016 ) : Showing all-round skills and superior technique, Wapda's female karate players led their side to defend the title of the 10th National Women Karate Championship, here on Wednesday at the Gymnasium Hall of Nishtar Park sports Complex. Winners martial art players impressed with their display of finer points of the game and astute planning to defeat their respective opponents to remain unchallengeable during the two-day meet.
Wapda scooped 5 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals to claim 155 points as Balochistan finished at the runners-up place having won 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal with 75 points. Army stood third with 70 points, winning 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Three Kumite events were contested on the final day under different weight categories. In below 61-Kg, Sana Kausar from Pak Army won the gold medal, while Ayesha Amjad from Punjab secured the silver medal.
Fatima Furqan from Sindh and Nargis from WAPDA got the bronze medals. In below 55-Kg category, Mahnoor Toheed from Punjab won the Gold Medal while Naz Gul from WAPDA took the Silver Medal. Arfa Farshad from Sindh and Suriya from Pak Railways bagged the Bronze Medals. In below 50-Kg category, Fatima from Balochistan won the Gold Medal while Anosha Khan from Pak Army pocketed the Silver Medal. Maheen Babar from FATA and Suriya from Pak Railways got the Bronze Medals.
In Team Kumite event, WAPDA team won the gold medal and Pak Army finished at the second position while teams from Punjab and Sindh stood third. Pakistan Karate Federation for the first time organized the 1st Life Time Achievement Award for the Heroes of Karate, who have devoted their whole life to the promotion of karate. Eighteen People and the heirs of some deceased Karate legends received awards and their Names are as under: Muneer Ahmad Dar (late), Shihan Inam-Ullah Khan (late ), Haji Muhammad Azam Ali (late) from Faislabad, Muhammad Jahangir (President PKF) Shameem Hashmi, Syed Kamal Shah, Zia-ul-Haq, Andaleeb Sindhu, Sir Naseem Qureshi, Farman Ahmad, Agha Nasir, Khalid Noor, Babar Iqbal, Ijaz-ul-Haq, Muhammad Nadeem, Mohammad Mamoon Khan, Tanveer Abbass Shah and Mehar Fayyaz Feroze.
Shaista Pervaiz Malik, MNA, and Khalid Mehmood, secretary, Pakistan Olympics Association, were the chief guests at the closing ceremony and they gave away prizes. Speaking on the occasion, Shaista Malik praised the efforts of Pakistan Karate Federation for the promotion of karate in Pakistan.