SJAS decorates Pakistan tennis star Aqeel Khan with Gold Medal

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KARACHI: The Sports Journalists Association of Sindh (SJAS) have decorated Pakistan ace tennis star Aqeel Khan with Gold Medal for his remarkable services for Pakistan, here on Friday at Karachi Gymkhana.

According to details, SJAS organized a Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony to honor tennis star Aqeel Khan and Presentation of 3rd Rashid Ali Siddiqui (Late) former president SJAS Talent Award.

On this occasion Aqeel Khan thanked SJAS for presenting him Gold Medal and congratulated all SJAS members for organizing such a great event.

Aqeel said that Rashid Ali Siddiqui (late) was a great human being, his services for sports in Sindh was respectful. The 39-year-old tennis hero further said that encouragement especially in our country guided players to do well in future.

Aqeel further said that he is ready for upcoming Davis Cup tie against arch-rivals India in September.

He said “There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan in all sports. Other sports related players should be encouraged like cricket.” Aqeel Khan further said that sports journalists have put in their untiring
efforts to promote the country’s image.

Earlier, Former Sindh Sports Minister and Patron SJAS, Syed Junaid Ali Shah addressing on the occasion said that “Aqeel Khan is our legend”.

He said that our best wishes with Aqeel always adding that the encouragement by SJAS conferring Aqeel Khan with the Gold Medal is very encouraging and should continue to promote other players too.

“SJAS has also conferred other young athletes by awarding them is a unique step and I hope they continue this trend for promotion of sports”, Dr Junaid Ali Shah added.

Another Patron SJAS, Dr Farhan Essa said that SJAS played significant role in sports. “SJAS going towards right path,” Farhan Essa added.

The patrons also wished Aqeel Khan well for his future assignments.

Former hockey Olympian and newly-appointed Chief Selector of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Manzoor Hussai Jr hailed SJAS step to honor Pakistan No 1 tennis star Aqeel Khan.

He said that former President SJAS, Rashid Ali Siddiqui (late) was a brave man and a great journalist.

Addressing the audience Manzoor Jr lauded the SJAS for it’s efforts to promote sports and for the betterment of the sports journalists’ community in the province.

He also said that he would launch a talent hunt programme to look out for the youngsters, who could be groomed to make a strong national outfit.

“I’ve a plan to start holding open trials in different cities of the country by the end of September or early October to spot hockey enthusiasts from 16 years old to 18 years old, who can be trained for
World Cup 2022 and 2024 Olympics,” Manzoor Jr added further.

On this occasion, SJAS awarded Dr Muhammad Ali Shah Gold Medal in memory of late ex-Sindh Minister Dr Syed Muhammad Ali Shah to senior sports journalist, Mirza Iqbal Baig. Mirza Iqbal Baig thanked SJAS for honor this medal.

SJAS given Rashid Ali Siddiqui Talent Award to Pakistan women cricketer Fatima Sana Khan, Snooker player Zulfiqar Qadir, 8-year-old table tennis player Arham Bin Farrukh, special athlete Sajida Bibi, Table Tennis 14 years old player Hoor Fahad, SJAS Spaicial Award to Pakistan top tenpin bowl player Ali Soorya, Guiness World Record Holder Pakistan Mixed Martial Arts champion Mohammad Rashid Naseem and Captain Pakistan Baseball Team Sheraz Asif.

SJAS also gave Journalists Award to their members Yawar Abbas, Shahzaib Baig, Alam Zaib Saify, Shahzada Moin, Ali Hassan, Ehsan Khan while presented SJAS Shields to EC Members Imtiaz Naranja, Mahmood Riaz, Sajjad Khan,Ubaid Awan, Shahid Ali Khan, Mohsin Raza Khan, Hasnain Anwer, Javed Iqbal, Ishaq Baloch, Umer Shaheen and Kashif Ahmed Farooqui.

Secretary Sindh Olympic Association Ahmed Ali Rajput, Ex-Secretary KCCA Jamil Ahmed, Secretary KHA Haider Hussain, Asif Azeem, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ghulam Muhammad, Khalid Rehmani, Mohammad Nasim, Engr. Mahfooz-ul-Haq, senior journalists Rashid Aziz, Syed Nasar Iqbal, Atiq
ur Rehman, Zubair Nazeer and others also present at the ceremony.

Later, President SJAS Tariq Aslam and Secretary Muhammad Asghar Azeem thanked all the guests and journalists for making the event successful.