National Games

 

History of National Games
 
 
Winners of previous National Games  
       

 

History of National Games

The father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had a great love for sports and fully released the vital role it played in the development of Nations and inculcation of discipline among the masses.

In a meeting with the Organizing Committee of the First Pakistan Olympic Games held at Karachi the Quaid-i-Azam said to the first President of Pakistan Olympic Association Mr. Ahmed E.H. Jaffar :


"Dedicate yourself to sports promotion, for when you and I are gone, leadership will go into the hands of Youth, and Youth is our wealth, a raw material, that must be hammered into shape, into burnished steel to strive and smite in defence - the defence of the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan - the defence of the ideology of Pakistan."

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Quaid-i-Azam with the members of the First Pakistan Olympic Association 1948

The first National Games were held at Polo Ground, Karachi from 23rd to 25th April, 1948. Sportsmen and officials from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and all the integrated Provincial units of West Pakistan took part in these Games. The total number of athletes was 140. No competitors were, however, invited from any foreign country. Competitions were held in Track and Field, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

On April 23, 1948 our beloved Father of the Nation drove - in - state, to declare the Games open. Quaid-i-Azam gave the following message on the occasion:-

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Quaid-i-Azam declares the 1st Pakistan
National Games open

"For sound minds we should have sound bodies and that is why nations the world over attach so much importance to bodybuilding and physical culture, The Pakistan Olympic Games should set an incentive to all Pakistan Nationals to emulate the Olympic Motto "CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS" i.e. "FASTER, HIGHER AND STRONGER". I wish the organizers of the Games and all competitors of the Games and all competitors the best luck, Build up Pakistan Higher, Firmer and Strong".


The overall championship was won by the Punjab contingent. The Quaid-i-Azam donated a "Challenge Shield" from his private funds which bears his illustrious name.

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Quaid-i-Azam Trophy


Quaid-i-Azam's philosophy about Pakistan Youth, is expressed most forcefully in a letter he sent to the late Mr. M. A. Khaliq, the Organizing Secretary of the First Pakistan Olympic Games in May, 1948.


"Well, we have crossed hurdles and breasted the tape at the 'Wining Post', this the people say in smugness. I maintain that we have only run the first lap of marathon relay race. I have passed the baton to others to dash on from lap to lap, determined and dedicated, United and Disciplined, with faith in themselves and God".

Your race to destiny, shall be calculatingly cluttered wit obstacles, and if you have Unity, Faith and Discipline, nothing will ever stop you from becoming sturdy and strong. Strength alone is an effective deterrent to aggression.

Build leadership on the play fields, and try to become good followers. Remember no one can ever command, who does not learn how to obey. Be a builder. Build for others.

Pakistan National Games are the most prestigious event of our National Sports Calendar which are organized under the aegis of Pakistan Olympic Association biennually in rotation in collaboration with the respective Provincial Olympic Associations and Provincial Governments. In these Games all the affiliated units of Pakistan Olympic Association take part.

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Winners of previous National Games 

Year
Venue
Winner
1948
     Karachi
Punjab
1950
     Lahore
Services
1952
     Lahore
Services
1954
     Sahiwal
Not trophy was awarded
1955
     Dhaka (formerly East Pak)
Services
1956
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
1958
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
1960
     Dhaka (formerly East Pak)
Pakistan Army
1962
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
1964
     Dhaka (formerly East Pak)
Pakistan Army
1966
     Lahore
Pakistan Railways
1968
     Dhaka (formerly East Pak)
Pakistan Army
1970
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
1972
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
1974
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
1976
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
1978
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
1980
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
1982
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
1984
     Faisalabad
Pakistan Army
1986
     Quetta
Pakistan Army
1988
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
1990
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
1992
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
1995
     Quetta
Pakistan Army
1996
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
1998
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
2001
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
2004
     Quetta
Pakistan Army
2007
     Karachi
Pakistan Army
2010
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army
2012
     Lahore
Pakistan Army
2013
     Islamabad
Pakistan Army
2019
     Peshawar
Pakistan Army

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