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Thousands of spectators gathered to support participants at the DJSF National Games in Islamabad

Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) recently reached its apex with an iconic National Games at the Jinnah Complex in Islamabad. Over 1,300 athletes from eight regions in the country competed for medals in 17 different sports, cheered on and supported by thousands more.

Tennis courts at Dubai Sports World located at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Akber Dewji

The final day of competition at the Jubilee Games lived up to the hype. Team Canada caught up to and overtook Team Pakistan in the medal standings, and everyone in attendance was treated to great matches.

Team USA (red) and Team Canada (white) play a riveting match at the Jubilee Games. USA won 40-31. JG/Rahim Khoja

Day 3 of competition featured the first gold medal of the Jubilee Games and it was Team Pakistan who won the honour.

The 2016 Jubilee Games signature includes the mark of the Dubai Sports Council.

Day 3 of competition featured the first gold medal of the Jubilee Games and it was Team Pakistan who won the honour.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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