ISLAMABAD - Farooq Ali clinched the 1st All Pakistan PDSA Disabled Badminton Championship 2015 singles and doubles titles here at Rodham Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Founder Group chairman Abdul Rauf Alam was the chief guest, while acting Sri Lankan High Commissioner Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, PDSA chief patron Sheikh Baser Daud, chairman Sheikh Abdul Waheed, secretary Nasir Mehmood Ch, information secretary Rana Tanveer, PBF secretary M Akram Khan, PSB Deputy Director General Agha Amjedullah, assistant director Malik Imtiaz Hussain, finance secretary Naveed Malik, chairperson women wing Niana Ali and a large number of ICCI members and badminton lovers were present on the occasion.

Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest paid glowing tribute to the PDSA for conducting such a high-profile event for those who deserved the most. “I am very happy that Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) under its president Mohsin Ali and others have been doing a marvelous job for sports promotion and special thanks to PSB for providing all their facilities free of cost. The ICCI will continue to lend helping hand to the PDSA for their noble cause.”

Acting Sri Lankan High Commissioner Wijayanthi Edirisinghe lauded PDSA role and said: “I am extremely delighted to be present at such a significant event. My sincere wishes are with the PDSA and the players and I will always be available whenever, they require my services.”

The PDSA chairman and secretary thanked all the guests, players, RISJA and PSB for their al-out efforts and promised to organise more events and the next one would be national disabled cricket championship to be played at four different venues with Rs 100,000 prize money on offer for the winners.

In the men’s singles final, Farooq beat Zeeshan in straight games. Zeeshan started well and raced onto 7-2, but Farooq bounced back in style and leveled the score at 7-7, then easily took the first game 21-11. Zeeshan was carrying foot injury while Farooq was playing only with one leg with the help of crutches. Zeeshan tried to fight on with injury, but couldn't continue too long and had to concede the final, as Farooq was leading 10-4 in the second game.

Farooq and Qaiser defeated Hafiz Mujtaba and Hamid 21-7, 21-19 to lift the doubles title. In the first men's doubles semifinal, Rana Hamid and Hafiz Mujataba beat Zahid Mqabool and Irfan Gohar 21-11, 21-16, while Farooq and Qaser defeated Simon and Saif Doger 21-17, 21-15. Agha Saud, Waqas Aslam and Ali Chishti were supervising the matches.