The Pakistan National Games turned to its medal phase
After four competition days, the Pakistan National Games turned to its medal phase and all of the winners joined the semi-finals in Quetta, Baluchistan province. Forty semi-final contests are in the schedule of today’s competition and the winners will secure their spots in the finals of the National Games.
The women boxers are able to participate in seven weight categories in this National Games, mostly in the smaller divisions and 28 athletes are already medallists. Wapda’s Nimra will meet Sehrish Shahzad in the semi-finals of the women’s minimumweight (48kg) before the contest between Navy’s Nitasha Urooj and Humna Mumtaz.
One of the most anticipated contests will be held between Maryam of Navy and Bushra Akhtar of Air Force at the women’s light flyweight (50kg). Further women boxers such as Khalida Bibi (52kg), Gul Jabeen (52kg), Hasna Bano (54kg), Dua Zahra (54kg), Mehreen Baloch (57kg) and Fatima Zahra (57kg) are still in the competition.
Pakistan’s ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships bronze medallist Zohaib Rasheed is one of the stars of the National Games who secured his spot in the semi-finals at the minimumweight (48kg). The Navy-boxer will now meet Army’s Muhammad Faheem in the key semi-finals but participants from Sindh and the Air Force also joined the last four.
Pakistan’s Army boxer Zakir Hussain has experiences from the main international events from 2022 and he is one of the semi-finalists at the men’s featherweight (57kg). The 21-year-old boxer will be fighting against Sikandar Mirza today and his main rival, Naqeeb Ullah is also a semi-finalist in Quetta.
Army’s Gul Zaib is a 31-year-old veteran boxer at the men’s welterweight (67kg) who will now meet for his main rival already in the semi-finals, Naveed Ahmed. Punjab’s Adnan Butt can expect a hard battle against Navy’s Shahab Khan at the light middleweight (71kg), while the favourites of the middleweight (75kg), Saif-ul Manan and Tanveer Ahmed will be able to fight only in the final. Army’s Mohammed Azher caused the main sensations of the quarter-finals eliminating the top favourite of the super heavyweight (+92kg), the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games competitor, Muhammad Sanaullah in the tightest bout of Day4.
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