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Ijaz Ur Rehman becomes first three-time national champion in Pakistan

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Ijaz Ur Rehman, general secretary of the Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation, won the singles title at the 11th National Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017-18 Sunday at Leisure City Bowling Club in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The championships, which were organized by PTBF and Leisure City Bowling Club, were held January 16-20 featuring singles, doubles, team, deaf, graded, women and media events.

The finals in singles and team event were attended by Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Ghanjera, Director General Pakistan Sports Board, as the chief guest of the day.

Pictured above from left: Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Ghanjera presents the gold medal and the check to Ijaz Ur Rehman.

The top four men battled it out for the individual title in two games, total pins format. Ijaz Ur Rehman emerged as champion with 376 total to become the first Pakistani to win the coveted title for the third time in his career. He received 100,000 Pakistani rupees for the feat (approx. $945).

Ahmer Abbas Saldera was 31 pins behind to take the silver medal with 345 while Shabbier Lashkar got bronze with 340. Fourth and fifth place belonged to Daniyal Shah and Hussain Chatta, respectively.

Daniyal Shah & Ali Suria won the doubles title with 704 total for four games. Aleem Agha & Waqas Ali finished second with 674 total, immediately followed by Saleem Baig & Ijaz Ur Rehman in third place with 672.

The doubles champions Daniyal and Ali teamed with Shabbir and Ahmer to claim the team title with Hussain Chatta, Saleem Baig, Zafar Iqbal and Ijaz Ur Rehman in second place and Saqib, Khalid, Afzal and Sikandar in third place.

Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Ghanjera presented the medals and cash prizes to the top 5 in singles and the top 3 in all other categories. He announced that the Pakistan Sports Board has made the decision to provide land for an International Bowling Club in the Pakistan Sports Complex.

Herbert Bickel

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