The 2016 Jubilee Games opened on Friday morning with matches that had spectators on the edge of their seats.
One of the kick-off events was a men’s football match between Pakistan and Canada that came to a thrilling conclusion. According to those in attendance, Pakistan did a great job of controlling the tempo throughout the match, but at the 90-minute mark, Canada’s Mustakim Samji fired the winning 1-0 shot into the net with his right foot.
“Pakistan played really well,” said Samji, who plays in Ontario back home. “They came out strong and they were really prepared. Gradually we started to get in flow.”
Following the victory, Canada’s captain Thomas Alif looked ahead to their next match against Tanzania. “It's going to be tough as they beat USA 5-0,” said Alif. “We’ve made some adjustments to our strategy and look forward to playing them tomorrow.”
Another Day 1 highlight was the close women’s basketball match between Team USA and Team Tajikistan. Though Tajikistan played well, USA held on and won the match by a score of 50 to 44.
The women at throwball made the crowds stand up on their feet. India won their match over Tanzania White in straight sets 25-20, 25-12. The match between Canada Red and Uganda was a close one with the second set going to extra points. In the end, Uganda prevailed 25-20, 27-25.
In tennis, a men’s singles match between Portugal’s Naser Haji Ali and Canada’s Kahir Rahemtulla had everyone talking. Having won the gold medal at the Golden Jubilee Games, Canada had a lot to prove. Rahemtulla won the match 6-3.