Sports play a pivotal role in maintaining the health of any individual to lead a happy and healthy life. Armies all over the world always enlist and recruit physically fit individuals. During training, they are motivated to join various sports to attain the best fitness standard for the enhancement of combat efficiency.
In Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) and Army Regimental Centers, concerted efforts are under way to involve the cadets and recruits at all levels to join athletics, football, hockey, squash, boxing and swimming to improve the stamina and enhance physical capabilities. It goes without saying that along with maintaining good health and stamina, sports infuse sportsman spirit, comradeship, teamwork and leadership qualities which are an essential part of military life.
Since the inception of Pakistan, Pakistan Army has taken a leading part along with pride in games and sports. It is justly proud of its major contributions towards raising the country’s achievements in all fields of sports. Pakistan’s impressive performances at national and international events in sports also bear names of many high quality players, coaches and management as well.
In the past, Army’s best players and athletes were first discovered and later attained high standards for participation in Asian Games, Olympics and other important sports competitions. Army level sports competitions are a regular feature in Pakistan Army in order to create a healthy sports environment along with hunting new talent to introduce at both national and international levels. Like every year, the Pakistan Army Championship for the year 2020/21 commenced in October 2020 and concluded in April 2021. The championship included all Corps teams of Pakistan Army; a total of fifteen teams participated in the events comprising badminton, squash, table tennis, golf, polo and tent pegging, basketball, weight lifting, cycling, hockey and baseball.
All the participants displayed high standards of sportsman spirit and enthusiasm throughout the tournament which spanned around more than six months. Players of all the teams exhibited professionalism, dedication and commitment, which is a hallmark of any good sportsman. 1 Corps stood first by clinching maximum trophies and standing first on the victory stands in golf, polo and tent pegging, weight lifting and baseball. On the basis of performance, 1 Corps was declared the overall winner of the tournament, whereas 2 Corps stood second. Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa awarded the trophy to Commander 1 Corps Lieutenant General Shaheen Mazher Mehmood on the eve of Formation Commanders’ Conference at GHQ Rawalpindi.
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