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Showing posts with label Shujaat Sherwani. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Two New Champions Asif, Salma emerges on the scene in Hub Rally Cross 2019


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The  sixth edition of Hub Rally Cross 2019 saw two new champions Asif Imam and Salma Khan emerging on the horizon after sensational and intriguing competition at the Max Dirt Arena in Hub on the border of Sindh. Asif from Karachi, who had been managing and developing the Max Dirt track won the "A" Prepared Class event. He  clocked 8 min 33 sec to grab the major title while veteran racer Nadeem Khan finished second with Irfan Mian clinching third position in the field of seven racers.

     "It was bit surprise for me that I drove well despite little practice on the track and for this my thanks to Almighty that I achieved this," Asif told reporters after the presentation ceremony.

      " May be absence of few top racers like Nadir Magsi,  Sahibzada Sultan Muhammad Ali and Asad Khoro helped me to take away the title which I was not expecting," he maintained. On the other side Salma Khan of Peshawar, now based in Islamabad, while  driving with co-driver Nadeem Khan took 9 min 13 sec  to wrap up the long standing domination of Tushna Patel. 

Salma was driving over 5000 CC vehicle while Tushna got 2800 cc powered vehicle. Asma Asif  finished third in 12min02sec."Though I am newcomer, I have been appearing in few national events in the recent past. But I am absolutely delighted to win the title. 
          It was for the first time  a lucrative purse of over Rs. One million prize money was distributed among the winners of different categories. Vice Chairman of Indus Motor Company Yuji Takarada was the chief guest on the occasion distributed some
prizes with Chief Organizer Shujaat Sherwani, veteran racers Sarfraz Dhanji, 
Nadeem Khan and other guests of honor.
         Special awards went to Aamir Magsi for fastest track drivers in prepared category and 
Mansoor Haleem in Stock category. Hundreds of motor racing followers and locals watched the thrilling action. 

Following are results:
Prepared "A": 1. Asif Imam 2. Nadeem Khan 3. Irfan Mian. 
Prepared "B": 1. Aamir Magsi 2. Sahibzada Bahadur 3. Muhammad Dhanji
Prepared "C"  1. Shiraz Qureshi 2. Kashif Khan 3. Beberak  Magsi
Ladies:            1. Salma Khan  2. Tushna Patel 3. Asma Asif
Stock "A":        1.Mansoor Haleem 2. Ahmed Imam 3. Mir Nawaz
Stock "B":        1. Ronnie Patel 2. Naveed Wasti  3. Umar Farooq
Stock "C"         1. Beberak Baluch 2.  Nasir Khan 3. Shad Ali Khan

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pakistan’s forgotten sports heroes honoured


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Pakistan’s forgotten national sports heroes in boxing, cycling and football who brought glories to the country in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other international competitions were honoured at a grand function organised by Sherwani Sports Trust on May 25.

Those who to be honoured on the occasion included Olympic boxer and Asian and CW Games medal winner Meherullah Lassi, South Asian Boxing Games Champion Rasheed Qambrani. 

Financial assistance was also extended to to distressed sportsmen of yesteryears and the beneficiaries included boxer Azeem Jan, cyclist Sher Haider, footballers Jan Mohammad Baloch, Mohammad Sharif and Jafar Alam and former Olympic referee/judge Ali Akbar Shah. 

They were also awarded shields and mementos as a token of acknowledgement of their heroic feats Sherwani Motors set a noble example by distributing cash awards worth Rs 200, 000 among the needy sportsmen. 

In an emotional discourse, the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medalist Meherullah Lassi complimented and lauded Sherwani Trust for coming forward and supporting and assisting those neglected sportsmen mostly from Lyari area. 

“They may be from the past but continue to be counted as national heroes and deserve respect and support from the nation,” he observed. 

He hoped that more organizations will feel their responsibilities towards the neglected heroes in the field of sports and follow this noble gesture demonstrated by Sherwani Sports Trust and assist these poor, needy and jobless sportsmen.

“The basic purpose of holding this program was to support and assist those needy sportsmen, who were neglected despite their achievements for Pakistan,” Shujaat Sherwani, the chairman of the trust, stated. 

“We are really honoured with the presence of galaxy of international sportsmen with us. It’s the duty of the society to support these great men, who served the country bringing honor and dignity in international sports arena. It is always a great sight and feeling when Pakistan flag is raised and national anthem is played at the international stage,” he said in an emotional tone. 

Shujaat Sherwani also announced scholarships to highly talented boys and girls, specially from Lyari who may show bright prospects for the country in coming months. 

Describing the assistance extended as meager token assistance for financially distressed sportsmen, Shujaat said our dream is that Pakistan should regain its lost glory in hockey and other sports in Asian Games and Olympics. 

Shujaat Sherwani pointed out that in order to achieve the cherished objective he was also running a free cricket academy and hockey club and staged Motorsports Really in Hub and Nooriabad in recent months. 

Speaking on the occasion Justice (Rtd) Zafar Sherwani, who was the guest of honour, expressed his delighted to be standing among the heroes of the country, reckoning that sports can play a vital role in the development of youth of the nation. 

Justice Zafar expressed dismay that Pakistan once a great sporting nation of the continent failed to win a single medal in Muslim Solidarity Games held in Baku where small host nation Azerbaijan emerged on the top. 

On the occasion Meherullah and Rasheed Qambrani also planted trees as part of the ongoing Go Green Karachi slogan.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Jalaluddin hails Toyota Highway Motors’ Go Green Mission


By Ehsan Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Prominent members of cricketing community have come out to make Karachi green and joined hands with Toyota Highway Motors in planting trees in a bid to check growing environmental pollution to some extent.

Noted cricketers like Pakistan's most successful outgoing captain Misbah-ul-Haq, spin magician of his time, Iqbal Qasim, former Test opener, Sadiq Mohammed, former Test all-rounder Ejaz Faqih, hockey Olympian and 1984 Los Angeles gold medalist, Hasan Sardar, and ex-Junior and a member of 1979 Junior World Cup winning team in France Jan Mohammed, are among the figures who have planted trees to go all out with the slogan one tree each to make Karachi green. 

The latest in series of the prominent sportsmen was Jalaluddin, the man who who had the distinction of accomplishing the first hat-trick in One-Day International against Australia at Niaz Stadiim Hyderabad 32 years ago. 

The former Test fast bowler and now a highly quailed coach was the guest of honour to plant a tree on May 13. Among other dignitaries to grace the occasion was the veteran journalist Abdul Qadir Qureshi, the Chief Editor of Jumbo Karachi Guide, who had been promoting Go Green cause through his reporting since he was a junior reporter.

Lack of greenery in this part of the country has been portrayed as a big problem as the governments of today and yesterday showed least interest in developing greenery in the wake of all time high environmental pollution, more specially in Karachi, the world's seventh populous city which is the business hub of the country but far behind in greenery concept. 

While other organizations have had limited success to meet national expectations in this regard, Toyota Highway Motors, just a few kilometers from Sohrab Goth (Zero Point) on Super Highway, has come out with the daunting task to share the mission to make Karachi Green and to slightly remove the stigma on this once city of lights. 

Having set a target of planting 5,000 trees as initial count for their mission, the company’s CEO Shujaat Sherwani announced that they provide one plant free of cost to each of their car buyer.

As part of the mission they introduced a unique concept of inviting Pakistan's sports legends to promote the slogan of Green Karachi. 

This slogan started with Pakistan's most successful test captain Misbah-ul-Huq who was visibly moved by the idea and highly appreciative of the same while planting a tree along Super Highway, followed by other legends. 

With carrying out the mission of this Green Slogan, Shujaat Sherwani extended warm reception to the eminent visitors, also awarding them attractive shields besides paying them tributes for their services and bringing fame and name to Pakistan. 

"It has always been my passion to honour sporting legends and be a humble promoter of Go Green and this has doubled my enthusiasm,” he observed in a brief speech on the occasion. Maintaing their tradition officials of the Toyota Highway Motors led by its CEO Shujaat Sherwani, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Shad Ali Khan, Ahsan Sherwani, Manager Sales, Irfan Zaidi, gave a standing ovation to both Jalaluddin and Abdul Qadir Qureshi. 

Giving his reaction, Jalaluddin said initially he was reluctant to come for a visit here because of lack of information, but now he was highly impressed with the missionary zeal being exhibited by Shujaat and his team for a noble cause besides extending a true respect to country's legendary figures.

"Go Green is a great concept and our country badly needs to overcome the serious problem of environmental changes which is risking the lives of millions of Karachiites. I am highly impressed to see lots of trees having been planted already,” he complimented. 

He described it a great mission and said that the one-car-one-tree was certainly a unique and novel idea to promote the cause. 

He said that he felt himself proud for planting a tree here and he will come again to see his plant having grown as a big tree consuming pollution to some extent. 

Shujaat Shewani appreciated the services rendered by Abdul Qadir Qureshi in the domain of journalism through his positive reporting skills and regretted that presently positivity was on the way to extinction with negativity having taken strong roots. 

The veteran journalist, in his speech, enlightened the gathering by sharing his experiences, particularly those related to coverage of various Presidents and Prime Ministers during their visits abroad. 

On the occasion, Shujaat Sherwani presented a Max Dirt Track official shirt to Jalaluddin which is designed to promote newly developed world class track in Hub on Sindh-Balochistan borders. He recalled that Captain of 2009 World T20 winning team Younis Khan also attended the Max Dirt Rally and took a round of track and complimented the organizers for promoting this popular sport.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Younis Khan compliments Hub Rally Cross organizers

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Pakistan’s ace Test batsman and ex-captain Younis Khan has complimented the organizers for conducting the exciting Hub Rally Cross at the newly developed Max Dirt Arena 40-KM outside Karachi. 

“It’s an exciting and thrilling motorsport and organizer deserved praise and credit for their effort,” he told media corps upon arrival after having fishing overnight round in Gadani Balochistan. The chief organizer of the Rally, Shujaat Sherwani, was also present on the occasion. 

Younis Khan, who took a round of the newly inaugurated track, said he had more shocks in cricket than during his short drive with Shujaat Sherwani.

“I enjoyed the ride and it was good experience and it was a fun. I wish I could drive fast like Mr. Sherwani did,” he added after the round. 

However, he said, it was a giant effort of the organizers to bring many skilled drivers for the competition and he was also pleasantly surprised by the large number of audience and supporters of motorsport outside Karachi. 

Younis Khan said that he was also surprised to watch different kinds of vehicles and the enthusiastic participants, foreseeing lots of potential and talent in motorsport in Pakistan. Shujaat Sherwani presented Max Dirt Hub Rally Cross Shirt to 2009 World T20 winning Captain Younis Khan. 

Upon arrival at the venue the cricket celebrity was thronged by large number of fans and supporters. Demonstrating sporting spirit and smile Younis Khan have dozens of selfies with the public. He also distributed Toyota Highway Motor Caps on behalf of the organizers.