COAS awards winners of PACES com­pe­ti­tions

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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