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Top international wrestlers to tour Pakistan for bouts

Updated Mar 21, 2017 10:23am

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KARACHI: Some of world’s top wrestlers will be seen in action in international bouts to be held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad during May this year, a spokesman of Pakistan Wrestling Entertainment disclosed on Monday.

“We are planning to hold bouts in three major cities involving around 20 wrestlers,” said Zeeshan Bashir, Director of PWE Middle East on his arrival with four wrestlers from Dubai.

The wrestlers who landed here at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport included Tiny Iron (USA), Flesh Gordon (France), Yaseen Usmani (Algeria) and Badshah Pehalwan Khan (Pakistan/USA).

A press conference by the PWE officials and wrestlers will be held here at Hotel Movenpick on Tuesday.

Zeeshan said they are working on dates and list of wrestlers and it will be prepared in due course of time. “Pakistan is badly lacking in international sporting activities and we are looking forward to revive those activities through this event,” Dubai-based Pakistani-American national maintained.

He expressed hope that the successful staging of these action bouts will enhance the soft image of Pakistan.

Zeeshan added that while the organisers have various options in mind for the venue of the bouts, they are planning to stage the opening leg of bouts at National Stadium in view of the greater public interest in Karachi for the wrestling event.

Published in Dawn, March 21st, 2017

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Comments (6) Closed



mandy Mar 21, 2017 10:34am

Not even single Pakistani was able to qualify for the Rio Olympics...sports in Pakistan need a serious reform...

PTI SUPPORTER Mar 21, 2017 11:47am

@mandy seems like Modi and his Yogi are failed to isolate Pakistan.

PTI SUPPORTER Mar 21, 2017 11:53am

Footballers will come, wrestler are coming, cricketers has been already come, I'm feeling isolated from outside world.

Fudayl Z. Ahmad Mar 21, 2017 12:03pm

@Mandy please focus on the contents of this article, which gives us a good news. Any such entertainment is welcome in Pakistan.

Shahzaib latif Mar 21, 2017 12:59pm

@mandy And modi ji needs serious effort to isolate pak.

Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Mar 21, 2017 11:47pm

Good news for Pakistan Wrestling Entertainment and all fans, supporters, sponsors, referees, organizers, promoters as well as budding wrestlers stemming from the "land of the pure."

Nevertheless, the "movers and shakers" in New Delhi will definitely try to negatively influence the decisions of all these top wresters of the world to visit Pakistan directly or indirectly, covertly or overtly, explicitly or implicitly, knowingly or unknowingly.