Curtain down on 31st National Games | Pakistan Today

Curtain down on 31st National Games

PESHAWAR – The 31st National Games concluded in a colourful ceremony at Khan Qayyum Stadium Peshawar on Friday evening. Khyber PK Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti was the chief guest of the closing ceremony.
The National Games started in Peshawar on December 25, 2010. Around 3500 players from 13 contingents participated in 28 games and seven games were exclusive for women.
Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti declared Games close when Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt. Gen. (Retd) Arif Hassan received the National Games Flag. Provincial Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah, who is also President Khyber PK Olympic Association, has performed the flag awarding ceremony.
The Chief Minister gave the trophy to Khyber PK teams and medals to heads of various chef de missions.
Army remained on top with 219 medals, Wapda become runner up with 199 and Navy were third with 47 medals. The host Khyber PK got 7th position with 30 medals.
Among individuals, Ms Kiran Khan of Army remained on top with 13 medals. She made a new record breaking her previous record of 10 medals in 2007. Kiran Khan said, “I intend to represent Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa in next national games.”
Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti also witnessed the final of 500 meters race and tug-of-War. Later,
organising committee team beat media squad in the tug of war competition. The later become winner in best of three.
Later, colourful national dances and firework were put on display in the concluding ceremony of national games.
The concluding ceremony was also attended by Provincial President of Awami National Party Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah. Both Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah and Food Minister Shuja Khan who was chief of the Organising Committee remained very active during the event, held in Peshawar after a lapse of some 12 years.
WAPDA clinches weightlifting title: WAPDA, with 111 points, won the weightlifting title of the 31st National Games, which concluded at Peshawar.
WAPDA weightlifters clinched seven gold medals out of the eight body weight categories. WAPDA was followed by HEC and Railways.

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