KATHMANDU: Pakistan’s squash player Tayyab Aslam carries the national flag as he leads the country’s contingent during the closing ceremony of the 13th South Asian Games on Tuesday.
KATHMANDU: Pakistan’s squash player Tayyab Aslam carries the national flag as he leads the country’s contingent during the closing ceremony of the 13th South Asian Games on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU: Pakistan’s squash outfit added another feather to their cap as they claimed gold medal in the team event of the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu when they outclassed traditional rivals India in the final on Tuesday.

The games ended with an impressive closing cermony on Tuesday. Pakistan finished fourth on the final medals table, bagging 32 gold, 41 silver, and 59 bronze medals. India dominated the points table with 174 gold medals, with Nepal and Sri Lanka following with 51 and 40 golds, respectively.

Pakistan’s squash players showed a stunning performance to emerge victorious in the team event final.

Tayyab Aslam, who had already earned gold in the individual event of the games, once again showed his class, beating Harindar 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 in the first fixture that lasted 36 minutes.

Asim Khan, however lost his match to Pardhan 9-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 4-11 in 34 minutes.

Farhan Mehboob defeated Abhay Singh 11-8, 12-10,11-5 in the last match lasting 34 minutes.

Pakistan to host 14th SA Games

Pakistan will host the 14th South Asian Games in 2021. This was announced by South Asian Olympic Committee meeting held here in Kathmandu which confirmed the hosting rights to Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2019