Pakistan Army Female Athletes Perform Exceptionally in the 33rd National Games: 52 Gold, 48 Silver and 38 Bronze Medals

Women sports have seen much growth in Pakistan in recent years. This growth is an indicator of future success for the Pakistani female youth. Today, there are several professional sports leagues formed solely to motivate, train and provide opportunities for Pakistani female athletes. Although problems such as limited sports facilities and lack of encouragement are yet to be addressed properly in our society, a number of notable sportswomen have shown resolve by not only pursuing a career in sports, but excelling in their respective fields as well. The recent contribution of female athletes of the Pakistan Army at the 33rd National Games, held in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is testimony to the fact that sports is a growing affair for Pakistani women. Female participation in sports is changing face of the society in a positive manner.

An estimate of 10,000 players took part in the 33rd National Games. They represented 14 units from all over Pakistan, which included participants from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pakistan Navy (PN), Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), Pakistan Railways (PR), Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), WAPDA and HEC. 

Pakistan Army clinched the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the 24th time scoring 7909 points. They brought home 150 gold, 134 silver and 96 Bronze medals. With 52 gold, 48 silver and 38 bronze medals female contribution towards the Army’s win was notable:
Pakistan Army dominated WAPDA (runner up team) not only in the women’s basketball championship by winning 66-54 but also in the Women's Volleyball final winning 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. A notable win by Pakistan Army’s Sana Kausar, Radia Parveen, Hina Khan, Naila Kausar and Anoosh Khan made the team proud when they bagged Silver medals in women’s team Kumite. Ms. Aneela bagged 2 Gold and 1 Silver medals in athletics, Ms. Faiza Rafique won 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals in rowing and Ms. Naqash Hamdani added 3 Gold medals in taekwondo to her name.

From running, jumping, swimming, shooting and sailing to weight lifting, wushu, taekwondo, archery, rowing and rugby, females not only participated but also bagged medals in 25 games out of 31. The motivation and focus with which the female participants have performed is awe-inspiring. The hard work, competence and sportsmanship that they have demonstrated throughout the tournament is commendable. The tournament shows that sports help women to be confident and strong, which also results in a stronger society. Today, Pakistan is cultivating its female youth as leaders through sports to break the stereotypical myths that were a barrier in the past but the splendid performance by the female participants of Pakistan Army is a shining example of this positive transformation. HH

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