ISLAMABAD: Pakistani athletes, with their outstanding performance at 13th South Asian Games in Nepal, have clinched 132 medals. These include 32 gold, 41 silver and 59 bronze medals.
They have secured overall fourth position in the games.
Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam won gold medal in the squash individual event, defeating his Indian opponent Harinder Pal by 3-1 in the final.
Pakistan also exhibited their prowess in the handball event, beating its traditional rivals India in the final by 30-29 in an exciting contest to claim the gold medal.
Pakistan’s top wrestler Muhammad Inam Butt bagged a gold medal. Two judo players – Olympian Shah Hussain Shah in -100kg and Hamid Ali in +100kg categories also received gold medals. Apart from two gold medals, two silver and four bronze medals also came from judo players.
Female karatekas also craved their names as the team of Nargis, Kulsoom and Sana won the gold medal in team kamite karate competition
Muhammad Naeem won the gold medal for Pakistan in 110-metre hurdles.
Earlier, Uzair Rehman won the gold medal in the 200m race whereas Shahzeb bagged the gold medal in the men’s 54kg individual taekwondo event.
According to the SAG official website, India has secured the top spot with 294 medals, including 159 golds; Sri Lanka are the runner-up with 236 medals including 39 gold medals; while Nepal is third with 195 medals and 49 gold medals.
Our athletes could have done better if camps and other training facilities were provided on time. Nevertheless, 32 gold is more than the collective gold medals we got in the last two editions.