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Iraqis excel in sports meet

Iraqis excel in sports meet
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It was an Iraq show all the way with male students from that country taking a lion’s share of the awards in the inaugural edition of the four-day Foreign Students Sports Event-2015. The event was organised by Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF) for overseas students pursuing their academics in various city-based universities.

It was an Iraq show all the way with male students from that country taking a lion’s share of the awards in the inaugural edition of the four-day Foreign Students Sports Event-2015. The event was organised by Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF) for overseas students pursuing their academics in various city-based universities. The programme concluded at Nizam College Sports Complex on Sunday.

The first-of-its-kind extravaganza attracted the participation of nearly 1,500 athletes, including women, in disciplines ranging from football, basketball, volleyball and cricket to track and field. The individual honours in the female category were taken by the fastest woman of the meet, Ruby Babak, who achieved a significant double in track and field events while winning the 100 metres dash and the 200 metres race in style.

G K Marar, former head of Doordarshan Hyderabad Kendra and alumni of Nizam College, being felicitated by Prof S Venkata Chalam, Vice-Chairman of Telangana State Council for Higher Education on the conclusion of the Foreign Students Sports Event-2015 at Nizam College Sports Complex late Sunday evening. He is flanked by Principal of the college STLN Swamy and Oganising Secretary, K Sai Baba. Photo: Saleem

Babak clocked 19.5 seconds in the 100mts race and was followed by Nizala from Afghanistan (21.8) and Iraq national Arjoo (22.4). Her 200mts timing of 45.6 seconds was enough to fetch the top prize. Nizala (49.2) and Khalida from Iran (53.9) were second and third. Iraq men were unbeatable in basketball, volleyball and football in the finals of which they defeated Nigeria (21-19) and South Sudan (2-1) respectively.

The cricket title was won by Afghanistan, who defeated the Rest of Africa XI by six wickets. Meanwhile, in a significant gesture, the foundation also felicitated several former physical directors and sportspersons from Nizam College. The biggest applause came when former Director of Doordarshan Hyderabad Kendra and a student of the 1953 batch, G K Marar, was jointly felicitated by Prof S Venkata Chalam, Vice-Chairman of Telangana State Council for Higher Education and Prof.

STLN Swamy, principal of Nizam College. Later, they appreciated the efforts being undertaken by former alumni of the institution, K Sai Baba, founder-secretary of SCF, in his bid to develop a sports culture in the State. Sai Baba announced that the foundation would conduct a similar championship that pits foreign players and local sportspersons in the coming few weeks.

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