National Games at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad

Opening Ceremony:

National Games were inaugurated amidst a colourful opening ceremony at Jinnah Stadium on June 28, 2013. Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq was chief guest at the opening ceremony and declared the Games open as colourful balloons were released in the air while white pigeons were also released to covey message of peace. The first hour of the ceremony was all about the march-past of the athletes and speeches by the dignitaries.

Olympian M Usman started the relay run with the torch from one end of the stadium to the other before passing it finally to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia, who ignited the giant torch as fire crackers lit up the sky. There were also folk dances, portraying the rich cultural heritage of the different parts of the country.


Earlier, the torch relay for the National Games 2013 started from Faisal Mosque Islamabad in which legend sportsmen and Olympians were the frontrunner. Former Pakistan cricket team captain and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad was the first one to start the relay. Squash legend Jansher Khan and Qamar Zaman, Olympians Qasim Zia, Asif Bajwa, Shahbaz Senior, M Usman, Danish Kaleem, Sadaf Siddiqui, Rabia Ashiq and other notable sportspersons were also part of the torch relay.

Athletes from all the four provinces, Pakistan Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, FATA, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan Railways are featuring in the seven-day extravaganza. The Paralympics have also been included in the closing of the games in accordance with the IOC Charter.






Closing Ceremony
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Pakistan Army retained the ‘real’ Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as earlier, replica of Quaid Trophy was awarded to the 32nd National Games champions Wapda held in Lahore.  Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Syed Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony and handed over the prestigious trophy to Pakistan Army.

Army had a massive 6464 points lead over their closest rivals Pakistan Navy who finished second with total of 2675 points and Punjab secured third position With total of 2312 points. PAF with 1550 points managed fourth position, Railways finished fifth with 1160 points while hosts Islamabad got sixth position with 1099 points. Army notched up total 354 medals with 193 gold, 115 silver and 46 bronze medals while runners-up Navy clinched total 159 medals with 41 gold, 60 silver and 58 bronze medals. A total of 29 male and 11 female events were conducted during the National Games in which more than 2,000 athletes from across the country participated.

Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada formally announced the conclusion of National Games in a colourful ceremony held at Jinnah Stadium on Thursday. PSB DG Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, POA Interim Committee President Asif Bajwa, Crganising Committee Chairman Nadeem Hasan and Secretary Rana Mujahid, AFP President Major Gen (Retd) Akram Sahi, Director Army Sports Directorate Brig Iqtidar Naseer, IOA President Brig (retd) Arif Siddiqui were among other prominent dignitaries who were present on the occasion.  Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Guest said: “There is absolutely no doubt athletes are the ambassadors of a country and they carry forward the national flag at international stage and bring laurels for the country and help improve the image of the nations through sports.


Points & Medal

The points & medals table of National Games is as under:-

S.No.

Unit

Points

Medals

Gold

Silver

 Bronze

Total

1

     Army

6464

193

115

46

354

2

     Navy

2675

41

60

58

159

3

     Punjab

2312

23

29

58

110

4

     PAF

1550

12

17

18

47

5

     Railway

1160

23

28

28

79

6

     Islamabad

1099

3

14

39

56

7

     Sindh

1067

4

6

35

45

8

     KPK

1039

4

13

34

51

9

     Balochistan

572

0

4

25

29

10

     FATA

314

0

5

5

10

11

     AJ&K

159

0

0

0

0

12

     Gilgit Baltistan

150

0

0

1

1