COAS awards winners of PACES competitions
RAWALPINDI—An intense competition was witnessed amongst Pakistan Army players during 5th Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Championship-2016, held at Ayub Stadium, Lahore from April 27 to May 6.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion. He witnessed the finals and awarded prizes to the winners, ISPR news release stated here Friday. Commander Lahore Corps, Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali was also present.
A total of 275 contestants participated in the 10-day competition. PACES is an initiative to improve the physical training regime within the Army.
The programme relies on modern scientific techniques to assist each soldier in achieving requisite fitness standards by concentrating on individual rather than group based development. The system has now matured over the years producing outstanding results.
COAS appreciated the standards displayed by participants of the competition and the efforts of both trainers and trainees in achieving those standards. He said the regardless of the advances in warfare technology, the basic traits of soldiering were as important as ever, with physical fitness being of primary importance.
He gave away individual and team prizes to the winners.
According to the results, in individual matches, Naik Muhammad Awais secured first position in two-Mile run by covering distance in 10.01 minutes.
Sepoy Farooq won first position by completing combat efficiency test in 59.42 seconds.
Gunner Ashfaq Hussain did 56 pull ups to clinch 1st position in pull ups match.
Sepoy Naveed Ul Hassan secured first position in sit up match by doing 1948 sit ups in 30 minutes. Sepoy Ikram did 1705 push ups in 30 minutes to secure first position and also won the overall best player award of the competition.
Sepoy Nasir Mahmood secured overall 2nd Position. Rawalpindi Corps team won the 5th PACES Championship while Karachi Corps team clinched second position in the competition.—APP