Peshawar: For the first time in the history of the game spirited FATA stunned strong Sindh by 2-1 and took berth into the semi-finals of the PSB Inter-Provincial Boys and Girls Badminton Championship, which got under way here at Tariq Wadood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Adviser to the Chief Minister on Sports Amjad Khan Afridi was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the Championship in a colorful opening ceremony. Member Provincial Assembly PML (N) Akbar Hayat, Director Sports Female Games Rashida Ghaznavi, Director Sports Training and Games Tariq Mehmood, Secretary KP Badminton Association Haji Amjad, Organizing Secretary Syed Sadaqat Shah were also present.
The opening ceremony was started with the recitation from Holy Quran by Khalil of Balochistan, followed by national anthem. The March Past of the participating teams – four of the girls teams comprising Punjab, Sindh, Islamabad and Peshawar, and six boys teams including Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Islamabad, FATA and host Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are taking part.
It is for the first time that FATA reached to the semi-final after giving a stunning defeat to Sindh team. Sheraz of FATA beat Haris of Sindh by 3-1, the score was 21-23, 21-19, 21-18 and 23-21 and in the doubles Fawad Ali and Sheraz of FATA beat Haris and Zain Ahmad by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-18 and 21-19 while in the reverse singles Fawad Ali beat Zain Ahmad by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 23-21 and 21-18.
In the Girls event KP beat Islamabad by 3-0. Malika beat Tayaba by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-19 and 21-18, Arif beat Arena by 3-0, the score was 21-19, 21-18 and 21-17, while Punjab beat Sindh by 3-0. In the first singles Maryum beat Sana by 3-0 while Zainab beat Yusra by 3-0 and Sanam and Asifa beat Zanaib and Sadaf by 3-0, in the boys event Islamabad beat Balochistan by 3-0. Zain beat Shah Nawaz by 3-0 while in the doubles Tahir and Zain beat Najeeb and Shah Nawaz by 3-0 and moved to the next round.
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