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Samiullah wants Pakistan to reach Asian Games final ISLAMABAD: Olympian Samiullah Khan expects Pakistan to progress to the finals of the Asian Games saying it is the coach Shahnaz Sheikh's efforts which has bought the green-shirts close to glory.Samiullah, who hails from Bahawalpur, said on Saturday, said Pakistan has shown a tremendous performance up till now and I hope they will go all out in the semi-final against Malaysia on September 30 (Tuesday).Samiullah, who was nicknamed The Flying Horse because of his great speed, said it is the long training camps that have paid Pakistan well in the Games. "Sheikh did a lot hard work on the players though he was given enough time to prepare for the mega event but the camps really paid well," he said.Samiullah, who played as a left winger in the 1970s and 1980s, said the green-shirts seem well practiced and well-shaped and able to crush the defense of Malaysia. "Pakistani players had ...

Imran's Pakistan team upbeat for big games in Asian Games hockey INCHEON: Pakistan hockey team is upbeat in their hunt to successfully defend their gold, Captain Muhammad Imran said ahead their Tuesday's semi-finals in Asian Games." We all are aware of the importance of our next two big matches and are well equipped to handle the pressure," he told APP Correspondent Ehsan Qureshi in an exclusive interview on Monday." We have had always enjoyed superiority over Malaysians and looking forward to maintain it with some new ...

Wu golden as China's divers seek perfect 10 INCHEON: Multiple Olympic champion Wu Minxia combined with partner Shi Tingmao as China successfully opened their bid to retain all 10 Asian Games diving gold medals on Monday.Wu and Shi easily won the first diving event, the women's synchronised 3m springboard, to build on their gold medal success at last year's world championships in Barcelona.The duo reserved their best for the fifth and last round when they executed a perfectly co-ordinated back dive with two-and-a-half ...

African-born athletes 'unfair' INCHEON: Asian competitors are becoming increasingly desperate over African-born athletes running for wealthy Gulf states who have dominated the Asian Games track golds for the third contest in a row."I think it's unfair because they are taller and have a longer stride," men's 100 metre silver medallist Su Bingtian told AFP. "They are more powerful and athletic. Physically we are at a disadvantage."Su lost to Qatar's Femi Ogunode, born in Nigeria, who smashed Asia's men's ...

Beaten sprinters say Asian sub-10 100m a long way off INCHEON: The prospect of an Asian-born athlete breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres is still a long way off, two top sprinters said.China's Su Bingtian and Kei Takase admitted they had a lot of work to do to reach the landmark, after losing the Asian Games sprint final to Qatar's Nigeria-born Femi Ogunode.Su's time of 10.10 was the second quickest by an Asia-born athlete in 2014 but it was only enough for silver.Ogunode's ...

Pacquiao 'pities Mayweather', vows to play pro basketball GENERAL SANTOS: Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao Monday brushed off Floyd Mayweather's latest taunts, saying he pitied his American rival as he urged him to read the Bible.Pacquiao also assured fans that he would play a few minutes of professional basketball when the new season opens next month even while he trains for a match in Macau in November against unbeaten American Chris Algieri.Despite calls by boxing fans for the two biggest names in the ...

Bird to lead PM's XIII against PNG SYDNEY: State of Origin forward Greg Bird will lead a Prime Minister's XIII against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls next month, the Australia Rugby League said on Monday.The selection features some of the National Rugby League's rising stars for the representative game at Kokopo in PNG on October 12.The team was chosen by coach Laurie Daley in consultation with the Australian selectors and national coach Tim Sheens.The Australian squad for the Four Nations tournament also ...


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