The Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF)
The national federation for Table Tennis PTTF was formed in 1951 in Lahore and since then it has been striving to promote the sport in the country. The Pakistan Table Tennis Federation is also a member of ITTF – International Table Tennis Federation Many provincial associations were formed with the help of PTTF which helped in spreading the sport in various areas of Pakistan. The Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi associations of Table Tennis are the oldest.
The National Championships
In 1954 the federation successfully held its first National championship in Burt Institute. Lahore and since then the event has been taken place every year in different cities of Pakistan including Dacca (now Dhaka), Karachi, Bahawalpur, Quetta and Rawalpindi. The nationals have been conducted twice in a year also. There are both men and women players of Table Tennis in Pakistan and they show their performances in different events both in the individual and team categories.
|South Asian Games (Srilanka)||2006||Mens||Bronze|
|Indian Junior Open (Gua)||2007||Boys under 15||Bronze|
|Fajr International Cadet & Junior Table Tennis Championship||2007||Junior Boys team||Bronze|
|South Asian Games (Bangladesh)||2010||Female team||Bronze|
In July, 2008 Pakistan Table Tennis Federation hosted the South Asian Table tennis Championship which took place in Karachi.
History of Boxing in Pakistan
Pakistan has been participating in Boxing since its birth. The first Boxing Championship on the national level was held in 1948 in Karachi. Since then the Pakistani Boxers have been playing and making progress in slow but steady pace.
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF)
The governing body of Boxing in our country is Pakistan Boxing Federation which is the member of AIBA – International Amateur Boxing Federation and also FAAB – Federation of Asian Amateur Boxing. Mr. Doda Khan Bhutto is serving as the President and Mr. Muhammad Akram Khan as the Secretary General of the federation. Two International Boxing tournaments have been conducted by PBF.
Pakistani Boxers and their Achievements
Pakistan has been winning many medals in the Asian Boxing championships and Asian Games for decades. The main achievements are as follows:
|Event||Year||Boxer / Boxing Team||Achievements|
|Common Wealth Games, Scotland||1970||Samad Mir||Bronze Medal|
|Asian Boxing Championship||1983||Team||Winner|
|Olympics Games (Seoul)||1988||Hussain Shah||Bronze Medal|
|Olympics Games (Korea)||1996||Asghar Ali Shah||Gold Medal|
|Common Wealth Games, Manchester||2002||Haider Ali||Gold Medal|
|World Boxing Championship, Moscow||2003||Noman Karim||Bronze Medal|
|Asian Boxing Championship, Vietnam||2003||Team||Winner|
|9th SAF Games, Islamabad||2004||Team||10 Gold Medals|
|18th Common Wealth Games, Melbourne||2006||Mehar Ullah||Silver Medal|
|10th South Asian Games, Colombo||2006||Team||7 Gold, 3 Silver|
Rubab Raza is another young lady who has won laurels for Pakistan. Rubab was born in Lahore on 15th January in1991. Swimming being her passion she excelled in the sport and started participating in swimming events at an early age. Rubab has a number of national titles to her credit. At the ninth South Asian Games held in Islamabad, Rubab was the winner of two silver medals and one bronze medal.
She also participated in swimming championship events in Spain and India. Her good record won her a wild card entry in the 2004 Olympics Events held in 2004 in Athens. She was 13 years old at that time and the youngest female participant to represent Pakistan in any event.
Though Rubab Raza finished fifth and could not proceed beyond the fifth round, she made a lot of difference both nationally and internationally. At national level she became a ray of hope and an idol for many other youngsters. Internationally, she showed the world that Pakistan is not a nation of fanatics. Rubab Raza among other athletes from Pakistan has proved that given the required support, Pakistani women can prove themselves in every field of life. Women are showing keen interest in sports, and are performing well. Raza is an example of the same sentiment.