PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa got overall seventh position as the 33rd National Games concluded with a grand ceremony in Peshawar on Saturday.
The Pakistan Army won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the 24th time with its top position by securing 7,909 points with 150 gold medals, 134 silver medals and 96 bronze medals. The fair-play trophy of the mega event was also won by KP.
Wapda got second position in the mega event with 7093 points by grabbing 148 gold, 99 silver and 73 bronze medals; Pakistan Railways got third position with 1815 points with 12 gold, 20 silver and 73 bronze medals; Pakistan Navy got fourth position with 1770 points with 21 gold, 24 silver and 22 bronze medals; Pakistan Air Force got 1426 points with 11 gold, 16 silver and 31 bronze medals; KP remained at seventh with 1287 points by grabbing two gold, five silver and 34 bronze medals and Higher Education Commission (HEC) with 11 gold, 11 silver and 38 bronze medals got eighth position.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony at Peshawar Sports Complex. The governor awarded fair-play trophy to KP’s two gold medalists Murad Ahmad (karate) and Murad Ali (badminton). President Pakistan Olympic Association Lt Gen (Retd) Arif Hassan, Secretary Khalid Mehmood, President KP Olympic Association Syed Aqil Shah, Secretary Sports Kamran Rehman, Director General Sports Asfandyar Khattak, players and a large number of spectators were also present on the occasion.
As many as 10,000 players from 14 different units including Pakistan Army, PAF, Pakistan Navy, Punjab, Pakistan Police, Sindh, Balochistan, Wapda, Railways, HEC, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and host KP took part in the mega event. It was a huge achievement for KP to leave behind other provinces on the points table.
The governor said in his address that Pakistan gave a message of peace to the world through the mega event of National Games. He said Pakistani players are very talented and hoped that the winning players will win medals for Pakistan at international competitions. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hosted the National Games seven times. Earlier KP hosted National Games in 1958, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2010.