6 Friday, February 9, 2018 Biz CPEC enhances Pak Geo-political importance, make country prime choice for investors P E S H A W A R : Economics and political experts here Thursday said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) signed during PMLN Government tenure, has enhanced the geo-political importance of Pakistan and made the country a prime choice for local and foreign investors. The experts said CPEC was a game changer project for Pakistan that would not only make very positive effects on Pakistan’s overall security but would make its western and eastern borders safe from external threats and hostile foreign agencies. Talking to reporter, MPA Saleh Muhammad said CPEC was not a myth but a strong reality carrying immense importance for all sectors including I S L A M A B A D : Minister of State for National Food Security Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here on Thursday. He apprised the Prime ABBOTTABAD: Workers busy in construction of road under CHINA Pakistan Econiomic Corridor (CPEC) project. economic development, energy, communication, and security perspective. In presence of massive Chinese investment, he said, foe elements and hospital foreign agencies could not dare even to cast an ugly eye on our soil as attack on Pakistan would be tantamount an assault on China. Terming CPEC as a gift of PML-N Government for people of Pakistan, he said it had not only restored confidence of foreign investors but will make the country a hub of trade and investment besides making its borders safe from foreign aggression. Pakistan would make a lead role in the security, trade, communication and economy of the region once the Gwadar Sea Port was fully operational, he said, adding Government has made full arrangements for protection of CPEC projects and foreign investors. Punajb Government has raised Special Protection Unit (SPU) for security of CPEC projects and Chinese nationals, enabling foreign and local Federal Govt fully aware of problems of cane growers: PM Need for greater cooperation in Sri Lanka, Pakistan urged KARACHI: Maj Gen (R) Jayanath Lokuketegodege High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Islamabad and G.L. Gnanatheva, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Karachi, listening National Anthem at the inauguration of Sri Lankan food festival at a local hotel on the Occasion of the 70th Independence day. Photo shows Ahamed Mazahim,Manager SriLankan Airlines and Azeem Qureshi, GM, Beach Luxury hotel and others also present on the Occasion. KARACHI: Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Major General (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketogodoge and Consul General in Karachi G.L.Gnanatheva have underlined the need for greater cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in different sectors through enhanced interaction at the government and people-to-people level including more trade and cultural delegations. There is a big scope to increase bilateral trade and economic cooperation , and to further strengthen seven decade old political and cultural relations of the two countries, they said. Sri Lankan envoys were speaking at three -day Sri Lanka Food Festival-2018, inaugurated here at Avari Hotel on Wednesday late evening. The event linked to 70th independence celebrations of Sri Lanka was also graced with Lankan cultural dance and musical show. Diplomats from various countries, and prominent business and political personalities also attended. The High Commissioner, said Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations spread over last seven decades were characterized by a true spirit of mutual respect, good understanding and excellent co-operation also in defence and security matters. Pakistan’s assistance in fighting against terrorism in Sri Lanka would always be appreciated by the people of Sri Lanka. The two countries had possessed rich cultural heritage. Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared many similarities on this account. However, the cultural connectivity between our peoples should be developed into greater cooperation, he said.. As a step in this direction, Sri Lankan embassy had decided to celebrate the independence by providing the opportunity to the people of Pakistan to taste authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and witnessing the traditional and rich culture of the island at this food festival. Being a rich in natural beauty, Sri Lankan tourism industry had grown tremendously and their government had identified Pakistan as a key market to promote tourism, he said. The Consul General in Karachi said Sri Lanka had 1600 years of written history, which embodied its rich culture, long traditions and high values of human existence. Minister of problems being faced by cane growers of Sindh in selling their crop and payments according to the procurement prices. The Prime Minister said that the federal government is fully aware of the problems of cane growers. He said procurement of cane and ensuring payments according to the procurement prices is the sole responsibility of the provincial governments. He said the federal government has given clear directions to the provincial governments to fulfill their responsibilities in this regard so that the crop can be procured and payments to farmers can be ensured well in time. Miftah directs timely completion of development projects ISLAMABAD: The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Miftah Ismail on Thursday emphasised the need for timely completion of the development projects. While chairing a meeting on Thursday that was held to review the progress of various projects being financed by international development partners and agencies., he directed the officials of Economic Affairs Division to ensure effective follow up with executing agencies to ensure timely completion of the projects as per approved timelines. Senior officials of Economic Affairs Division briefed the Advisor on the portfolio of economic assistance relating to different multilateral and bilateral development partners including World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The briefing included the latest status of disbursement of funds under these projects. The Adviser said that effective dissemination and utilization of the funds was very important for achieving optimum results of development projects. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Finance and Economic Affairs Divisions. KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Muffasar Atta Malik exchanging views with leader of Chinese Trade Delegation Mr. Li Zongtao, who led a delegation to KCCI. Senior Vice President KCCI Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak, Former President Shamim Ahmed Shamsi and Members of Managing Committee KCCI are also seen in the picture. investors to perform their duties without any fear and praised CM Punjab for raising SPU. By linking Kashgar with Gwadar port through state of the network of roads and railway lines, he said, CPEC project has a vast potential to inject new life into the region’s economies besides making Pakistan a prime choice for investment. The CPEC project would not only help Pakistan and China but other countries in South and Central Asia as well. Balochistan and KP would be largely benefited from this mega project and less developed areas of these regions would come at par with developed parts of the country. The project would help Pakistan’s investmentstarved economy besides bringing massive improvement in the KP ramshackle transport, economy and energy infrastructure. Provide fastest, economical Postal Services to public top priority: Minister RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Postal Services, Molana Ameer Zaman Bukhari has said that our top priority is to provide fastest and economical Postal Services to the public. Same Day Delivery Service has been introduced in twin cities (Rawalpindi & Islamabad) for general public specially for business community and departments keeping in view their requirements. He was addressing at the inauguration ceremony of newly started service at Post Mall Islamabad. Federal Secretary Postal Services, Mr. Saqib Aziz, Director General, Pakistan Post Madam Rubina Tayyab, Dy. Director General, Dr. Naseer Ahmed Khan, Postmaster General, Northern Punjab Circle Rawalpindi Rana Muhammad Ikhlaq and Postmaster General Federal Area Mr. Arshad Khan were also present in the ceremony. The Federal Minister said that to deliver the mail on same day is best effort of the Pakistan Post, and hope that public will take full benefit of this economical and safe mail service. Pakistan Post desperately need economic support to implement the reforms agenda, and meetings with Prime Minister in this regard remained very successful. LAHORE: A five-member delegation of Asian Development Bank (ADB), headed by country director for Pakistan Ms Xiaohong Yang, called on Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here on Thursday. On the occasion, progress on different projects started in collaboration with the ADB was reviewed. The meeting agreed to further extend mutual cooperation in different sectors including public-private partnership based projects. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said a number of development projects were being completed in collaboration with the ADB in different sectors including irrigation and energy. He said that ADB was providing $500 million funding for irrigation and energy projects. “The ADB should provide development funds worth $1.5 billion every year for health, education and other sectors. Financial support of ADB for development schemes aiming at public CORPORATE CORNER ENGRO announces association with quetta gladiators KARACHI: Engro came on board as the official sponsor of Quetta Gladiators – afranchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for PSL Season 3. Engro – regarded widely as one of the largest conglomerates of Pakistan – sponsored the franchise as a conglomerate of multiple brands and entities including Olper’s (the flagship brand of its subsidiary Engro Foods), Engro Fertilizers, Engro Energy, Engro Foundation, Engro Polymer and Chemicals and other Engro entities. These brands will be prominently featured as part of the Quetta Gladiator’s team kit among other elementsthroughout the year. The Pakistan Super League has grown in outreach, size and stature in the first two seasons, allowing brands and corporations space and time to strategize, activate and market their respective messages and products. Speaking at the occasion of theofficial announcement, Ghias Khan, President of Engro Corporationsaid, ‘With over a hundred million viewers worldwide and a galaxy of national and international stars The Pakistan Super League is the crown jewel of Pakistani Sport which is why we are very excited to announce our association as official team sponsor of Quetta Gladiators. Quetta Gladiators has consistently been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the PSL. They share our passion for winning and our love for putting the country on the map for the right reasons.” Adding to his thoughts, Quetta’s owner Nadeem Omar said, ‘Engro and Quetta Gladiators are starting this relationship with the hope to capitalize on the true value of franchising in cricket. The franchise, and the game in general, need the support of corporations and sponsoring partners to grow and become self-sustaining entities. We are beginning an exciting journey with Engro and are hoping to elevate the game’s reach and stature in Pakistan with their support. Beyond conventional sports sponsorship, their arm of support allows us to execute ideas that bridge the gap between cricket and the masses. This also was a founding goal of initiating the PSL and for us to invest in the league.’ Quetta Gladiators is a Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise owned by Omar Associates. The franchise is captained by Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is also the captain of the Pakistan National Cricket Team with former Captain Moin Khan as the head coach and Sir Vivian Richards as the franchise’s mentor. The team finished as runners up in both the first two seasons of the Pakistan Super League. The team also has Kevin Pietersen as their icon player and former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on its roster. President ZTBL meets CBA, officers union delegation ISLAMABAD: President Zarai Tarqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Syed Talat Mehmood Thursday met with delegation of CBA union and Officers Association under the leadership of Chairman Malik Shamaiz Awan. They discussed issues including promotion of employees, approval of pay-scale, 10% increment after restoration of pension formula 2.33, employees’ children recruitment, restoration of promotion policy of 1961 and other issues during the meeting. Special Assistant to President Waheed Ahmed Khan, Malik Shamiaz Awan, Zulfiqar Khan Tanoli, Rana Muhammad Javed, Bashir Ahmed, Malik Khurshid and Rana Akbar were present during the meeting. President ZTBL approved restoration of pension formula 2.33 for bank employees and 10% increment and approval of 1961four year promotion policy. He also promised to give pay package to bank employees after approval of Board of Directors (BoDs). The delegation thanked the President ZTBL said that Syed Talat Mehmood is an experienced banker and the employees pose full confidence and assure their cooperation. They vowed to resolve the issues of the employees through mutual talks. On this occasion, Chairman All Pakistan ZTBL Employees Union, Malik Shamaiz Awan said some black-mailers and black sheep are defaming the prestige of the institution. He made it clear there elements would be rooted out. He added employees are cognizant from these opportunists. He said the employees have no connection with the blackmailers as these opportunists are blemishing the institution and president for personal interests. ADB delegation calls on Punjab Chief Minister welfare during the next five years in Punjab will be appreciated by the government,” he added. He said that Greater Thal Canal and Greater Cholistan Canal projects would also be completed with the ADB funding and added that water reserves would be developed in the outback of Cholistan to save canal and flood water. The vast areas of Cholistan would be made green and cultivable through Water Resource Management Project. The Cholistan would be developed as a green basket not only for Punjab but for the whole of the country as well and contacts with Gulf States would be further improved by providing different facilities in Cholistan including airport. He said that ADB’s support for water treatment plant in Faisalabad was praiseworthy. Meanwhile, he said that the best doctors from around the world would be invited to work in Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases (MIKD). He said that helicopter service was also being introduced for transportation of specialist doctors in remote areas. Country Director Ms Xiaohong Yang said the reputation of Punjab Speed had spread the world-over and due to the completion of Punjab Safe City project, Lahore had become a fully secured city for investment and tourism. She said, development vision of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was commendable and exemplary and development projects had catalyzed positive change in the province.
PCB issues Notice of charge to Nasir Jamshed Dr LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a fresh Notice of Charge to former opening batsman Nasir Jamshed for violating five different clauses of the board's anti-corruption-code, directly linked with corruption. Nasir, who was earlier banned for one year by PCB for violating clause 2.4.6 of anti-corruptionclause (non-cooperation for an ongoing investigation) has now been charged for violating Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. A PCB statement on Thursday confirmed that the fresh chargesheet has been sent to Nasir Jamshed. “The Pakistan Cricket Board has today issued a Notice of Charge to Cricketer, Nasir Jamshaid, wherein he has been charged with multiple violations of Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code for Participants (“the Code”). Nasir Jamshaid now has fourteen (14) days to respond to the Notice of Charge,” read the PCB statement. All four clauses of article 2.1 of PCB’s anti-corruption code deal with issues of corruption. The clause 2.1.1 says “fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.” Clause 2.1.2 mentions “ensuring for Betting or other corrupt purposes the occurrence of a particular incident in a Domestic Match.” While the clause 2.1.3 refers to seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence 19th National Seniors Cricket Cup Tournament start from Saturday Abdul Rauf SUKKUR: Mayor Sukkur Barrister Arsalan Islam Shaikh said that it is a pleasure to participate in women's sports activities. This step is not only the promotion of healthy activities but also a positive step towards the promotion of women and prosperous society. The views expressed by Mayor Sukkur Barrister Arsalan Islam Shaikh addressed the sports gala ceremony at Government Girls Degree SHARJAH: Afghanistan come into the first fixture of the five-match series with momentum on their side after sweeping the T20I series 2-0. All roads lead to the famous Sharjah Cricket Stadium where ICC Intercontinental Cup championsAfghanistan and three-time former ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (previously known as the ICC Trophy) winners Zimbabwe will square-off against each other in a five-match ODI series from Friday, 9 January. The series between 10th-ranked Zimbabwe and 11th-ranked Afghanistan, who are separated by just two ranking points, is crucial as both sides are in Group B of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 (to be played from 4-25 March) and are scheduled to meet in the tournament College. Mayor Sukkur said that providing educational activities as well as supporting sports activities helps in improving the culture of our country in a new generation, and such programs play a role in highlighting the capabilities of students. They have their mental and physical appearance. He said that students and youth should also participate in sports activities as well as participate in sports so that they can be protected from various types of diseases, Due to the Distress and physical exercise, we have surrounded such diseases. Organizing Sports for healthy society is very much important. Mayor Sukkur Barrister Arsalan Islam Shaikh also announced to give one lac RS:100,000/- for the Government Girls Degree College Sukkur and distributed shields and rewards in women competitions in various competitions, and also participated in sports activities with students. Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to give final touches to their World Cup Qualifier preparations in Sharjah proper at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo on 6 March. This means Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will not only aim to give final touches to their preparations in the Sharjah series, but will also aim to carry the winning momentum into the qualifiers, whose finalists will join defending champions Australia, Bangladesh, hosts England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales from 30 May to 15 July. The series in Sharjah, which has played host to 231 ODIs (76 more than its closest rival, Sydney Cricket Ground), will also see the return of Zimbabwe’s fast bowler Brian Vitori, as well as Afghanistan’s duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad. Sports Reporter KOTRI: History making first ever sand softball event concluded on the victory of Ali Baba govt boys degree college kotri students club here at kotri bank of river indus on account of Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah cup Kashmir day festival organised by jamshoro softball association in collaboration with sindh softball association. Victorious team defeated young softball club Kotri by 6-4 runs. Students club's skipper Zaheer Magsi, Saadat Ali, Kamran shah, Haider Ali, Baber Ali and Amjad scored 1 run each while skipper of loser side Zakir Ali, Jawaad Ali, Haroon and Feeroz Gul also scored 1 run each. Match improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match or (b) ensure for Betting or other corrupt purposes the occurrence of a particular incident in a Domestic Match The clause 2.1.4 is about pressurizing another participant for getting involved in corrupt practices, the clause stats “Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1.” Nasir has also been charged for failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code clause 2.4.4. If charges are proven against him, Nasir can face a ban from five years minimum to maximum lifetime. DHAKA: Bangladesh's Sports Reporter spin bowlers continued their complimenting the PVCA Sindh, two from Islamabad Zone, taking place at domination of the Sri KARACHI: 19th edition to have withstood the chal- one from Balochistan will Karachi and Hyderabad, Lankan batsmen on the first of the National lenges and delivered be taking part in the tourna- will be of 20 overs each day of the second cricket Seniors Cricket Cup against heavy odds. The ment the final of which innings whereas the zonal test, leaving the visitors in Tournament begins from level of fitness of the will be contested between finals as well as the national trouble at 205 for eight at the Saturday with Karachi cricketers, having crossed champions of Northern and final will be of 30 overs tea break on Thursday. Gold Bridge taking on the age of 40, has Southern Zones in Karachi per innings. The group Left-arm spinner Abdur Karachi Lucky Knits in the improved considerably On April 22. The total prize matcheswill be organized Razzak (4-59) and Taijul opening match of the over the years primarily money in the event will be on single league basis. The Islam (3-74) shared seven Southern Zone at the due to the introduction of Rs694,000. matches of the Northern wickets to run through the Lawai Cricket Stadium the National Seniors Cup,” In the Southern Zone Zone, which have already Sri Lankan innings after here in Naya Nazimabad. he added. competition, Omar started last November, are its captain Dinesh The details of the event, Karachi Gymkhana Associates, Fact Date being played at Rawalpindi, Chandimal won the toss being organised by the president Akbar Iqbal Puri Engineering, AA Pakwan, Bahawalpur, Multan, and decided to bat. Pakistan Veterans Cricket said that besides installing CAA and Quetta are placed Okara, Lahore, Kasur, Roshen Silva, who put Association (PVCA) and floodlights at the famous in the Group A while the Sheikhupura, Muridke, on a two significant partnerships, sponsored by Omar Karachi Gymkhana Group B comprises of Faisalabad, Gujranwala and was batting on 45. Associates with Naya Cricket Ground, the club RLCA, Gold Bridge, Sialkot while the matches Playing in his first test Nazimabad as co-sponsors, was looking forward to Airport Gymkhana, Haseen of the Southern Zone since 2014, Razzak troubled were unveiled. PVCA having more proactive role Habib and Lucky Knits Amjad Islam Rishi will be the Sri Lankan batsmen on a chairman Fawad Ijaz Khan in cricket in future. with Hyderabad, Badin, the Tournament Sher-e-Bangla National said that senior cricketers According to the breakup, Jamshoro and Mirpurkhas Coordinator while the Stadium pitch offering turn were making a significant 34 city teams from Punjab, being the drawn in the interior Southern Zone Committee and bounce. contribution in the development eight from Khyber Sindh group. The group will be headed by Alamgir Razzak removed opener of the sport, while Pakhtunkhwa, five from matches of the Southern Ahmed. Dimuth Karurantne, who was stumped on 3. Mendis and another first-test centurion, Dhananjaya de Silva Women’s sports positive step towards promotion Karachi reached Final of prosperity of society: Mayor Sukkur in the National One Day (19), appeared set to form a Cup for Regions 2017-18 big partnership before leftarm spinner Taijul Islam had de Silva caught at first slip, ending a 47-run partnership. Razzak then took wickets in consecutive deliveries, Sports Reporter KARACHI: Karachi whites beat Peshawar Region 5 wickets and move into the final of BRIGHTO removing PAINTS PRESENT COOL & COOL NATIONAL ONE DAY CUP FOR REGIONS 2017-18 played at the Pindi cricket Stadium. Summarized Scored: Peshawar Region 281-10 in 49.5 overs: (Muhammad Rizwan 72, 65 balls, 4x4s, Israrullah 47, 66 balls, 4x4s, Akbar Badshah 40, 32 balls, 5x4s, Adil Amin 33, 52 balls, 2x4s, Zohaib Khan 31, 20 balls, 4x4s, Muhammad Asghar 3-43, Anwar Ali 3-49, Zia-ul-Haq 2-66) Karachi Region White 285-5 in 49.1 overs: Bangladesh dominates 1st 2 sessions of 2nd test vs Sri Lanka Danushka Gunathilaka (13) and Chandimal (0). Razzak struck again in the first over after lunch to remove Kusal Mendis on 68. Silva added 52 runs with Dilruwan Perera to recover briefly from the collapse, and then 43 with Akila Dananjaya to help Sri Lanka go past 200. Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman broke through on the stroke of tea with the wicket of Dananjaya for 20. The first test which ended Sunday at Chittagong was drawn. supervised by Rizwan Ali, Jawed Dero and Imam Ali. Earlier event inaugurated by director game development sindh softball association and senior director M. Arif Hafeez Sports Reporter KARACHI: Salman Butt has been given a No- Objection Certificate (NOC) from the PCB to play in the Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh's domestic List-A tournament, after the board cleared him of the controversy surrounding the privately organised Ajman All Stars tournament. Following the PCB's go ahead, Butt signed up with Mohammedan Sporting Club for the entire season, the first phase of which runs from February 5 to March 20. "It's good to be here after a long time," Butt told reporters. "Bangladesh over the years has become a high Friday, February 9, 2018 Sportlight quality cricket-playing country. They have lifted their game and proven that again and again, and this all comes with a competitive domestic structure. "Mohammedan is a club with a lot of history behind it, with a lot of Pakistani greats having played for them in past, and I hope be able to contribute well for them. Shakib Al Hasan will be leading the team and I believe it would make a difference in the season. Mohammedan club official Wasim Khan felt an inform batsman coming in to the team would help their side. "He is in good form, so we are hoping he will be useful for us," Wasim said. "Salman is available for the whole tournament. We are 7 PCB given NOC to Salman Butt for Dhaka Premier League S W I T Z E R L A N D : Cricket legends lock horns with each other, only this time it’s not any regular pitch but the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps. Shahid Afridi-led Royals will face off against Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds in a unique twoday event where two matches are set to be played not on ground, but on ice. The event, dubbed ‘St Moritz Ice Cricket 2018’ and already being hailed as the "best battle of cricket on top of the world", will take place against the serene and breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss mountains in freezing cold temperatures on February 8 and 9. Along with Afridi and Sehwag, the event also features glittering names such as Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, looking forward to seeing him start. Following the emergence of questions around the unsanctioned T20 league in the UAE, the ICC had asked the PCB whether any of its players had breached its code of conduct by participating in that tournament. The private tournament was not approved by either the ICC or Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). Initial investigations did not show any evidence of wrongdoing from Butt or any other international player, following which he was cleared. Butt then sought the NOC to play in Bangladesh, following his non-selection for Lahore in the ongoing National One-Day Cup in Pakistan. Cricket on ice: Afridi’s Royals take on Sehwag XI in Swiss Alps Sports Reporter KARACHI: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved plans to target African National Olympic Committees (NOCs) as potential host cities of the fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. The decision was made by members at the IOC Session, following the recommendation of the IOC’s Executive Board earlier this week. A targeted approach based on the principle adopted by the IOC Session in 2016 will replace the competitive stage seen for previous YOG host city selections, making the process more streamlined, simpler and shorter. Part of this evolution is to ensure the event is accessible to a greater number of cities, which will be encouraged to make full use of existing and temporary venues. The goal is to elect the host city at the next IOC Session, to be held in October 2018 in Buenos Aires, ahead of the YOG. This approach has been taken in line with a recent YOG review, to ensure a more impactful and effective concept for young elite athletes, and for host cities. physical education Perwez Ahmed Shaikh by hitting the first ever pitched softball at sand. "Its History making" to organised first ever sand softball event at Michael Hussey and others. The match will kick off at 4pm (Pakistan time). Speedster Shoaib Akhtar couldn't wait to share his adventures in the snow. Wasim Akram and wife Shaniera are also at the venue to join in the fun. "From Shalwar Kameez to Thermals & Skiis!.." Shaniera tweeted from the altitude. Sri Lanka's Jayawardene shared the serenity of the mountains in an Instagram post. Africa is the home of so many very successful Olympic athletes: Thomas Bach "Its History making" to organised sand softball event at kotri bank of river indus: Perwaiz Shaikh KOTRI: Director game development sindh softball association and senior director physical education Perwez Ahmed Shaikh inaugurating historical Dr.Muhammad Ali shah cup sand softball event here at kotri bank of river indus by hitting the first ever pitched softball at sand. IOC President Thomas Bach said, “Africa is the home of so many very successful Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth.That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa. The IOC will proactively approach a number ofAfrican NOCs to evaluate the feasibility of such a project.” The next few weeks will see the IOC engaging with selected African NOCs to establish the feasibility of staging the Youth Olympic Games 2022. This will be based on the criteria established by the revised YOG model, including use of existing infrastructure and affordable temporary fields of play, enhanced flexibility and adaptation to the local context, with the event to be used as a catalyst for wider youth and sport engagement programmes. Significant work has already been undertaken by the IOC on the African continent to use sport to protect and invest in young people and drive social transformation, starting with the Youth Olympic Development Centre in Zambia, a facility which supports over 10,000 young athletes, from grass roots through to the international level. kotri bank of river indus, i congratulate my city jamshoro softball association's secretary Jawed Iqbal Shaikh, event manager Fahim Mirani on organising this historical event with me, its also very appreciateable to dedicate this event to late dr.m.a shah on his 5th death anniversary". He said. The chief guest of closing ceremony was Nazir Ahmed Solangi former assistant food inspector kotri who distributed trophies, mitts and baton among the players along with chief organisor Oerwez Ahmed Shaikh,and secretary Hyderabad softball association M.Iqbal Qureshi, President human rights justice and defenders organisation M.Yousuf Bareecho, senior journalist Engr. Shahid Kazmi who were also present as guests of honour to witness the match and closing ceremony.