ISLAMABAD - The Asian Tennis Federation (ATP) selected two Pakistani ITF white badge officials M Arif Qureshi and Shahzad Akhtar Alvi as chair umpires in the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games Tennis event at Palembang, Indonesia from October 22-29.
It was a great honour for Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) that two officials from Pakistan were selected for this international event when not a single officials and players from Pakistan could participate in these games due to the clash of two POA's in Pakistan. Both the officials gave two-day training to the local 48 line judges and 30 ball kids. They had the honour to officiate four finals out of 6 which is great acknowledgement for their competency. A total of 17 chair umpires from Asia officiated during the games.
Talking to The Nation on Firday, Arif said: “Pakistan missed the golden chance of winning gold medals by not participating in the games due to politics in Pakistan sports. It was quite disappointing not to see our players in action despite the fact that we were the defending champions of the games. It is my appeal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to intervene and resolve the issue amicably for the uplift of sports in the country.” PTF patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, president Syed Kaleem Imam and M Khalil Chughtai congratulated both Airf and Shahzad for their selection and excellent performance during the 3rd Islamic Games.