Day 3 of the DJSF National Games in Islamabad saw fierce competition as more medals were decided, with all the sports except cricket and football concluding their final matches by the end of the day. It was a day of hard-won matches and another gruelling day for the volunteers - in today's round up we talk to some of the volunteers that made the Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival a success.
Day 2 of the Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival National Games saw the competition become more intense with thirteen sports on the timetable plus we take a look at the seniors and differently abled events.
All the action from Day 1 of competition at the Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival National Games in Islamabad
The Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) National Games kicked off in Islamabad earlier this week with a grand opening ceremony and cultural show that attracted huge crowds. Regional Teams from all over Pakistan participated in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and team spirit as athletes geared up for the all-important matches ahead.
The second event of DJSF was a Polo Tournament, held in Gupis Yasin in late 2017. Polo is an extremely popular sport in the region and 5,000 spectators from the Jamat and sister communities came to enjoy the thrilling matches. Hafiz Sherali, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan, attended the final match and distributed medals. Gupis “A” won a closely contested competition with Ishkoman Puniyal achieving silver and Lower Chitral bagging the bronze medal.
An outstanding Cycling Rally, part of the Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival, was held against the backdrop of the breathtaking scenery of Hunza, Pakistan
Pakistan's Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) was launched memorable marathon in Ishkoman Puniyal, Pakistan - the first event in . Nearly 1400 competitors were cheered on by 8,000 spectators through the picturesque valleys of the region. Competitors, volunteers, leaders and sister communities from all four districts of Gilgit Baltistan joined in as everyone exhibited the true spirit of sportsmanship, chanting the slogans “Jeetain Gay Ek Saath” (United We Win) and “Pakistan Zindabad” (Pakistan Forever).
A joyful, entertaining and healthy day has marked the celebration of the Belgian Jamat’s unity through the first ever Ismaili sports tournament to be hosted in the city of Gent.
Mombasa, 13 April 2017 — Every two years, the Ismaili communities of East Africa come together for the Unity Games, a festival of sport. This year, the Games will include Jamats from all over the entire African continent.
10 January 2016 — National Ismaili Councils worldwide announced today that the 2016 Jubilee Games will be held between 22 – 29 July in Dubai.
Nairobi, 18 December 2015 — A jubilant excitement was palpable as athletes, officials, volunteers, members and leaders of the Jamat convened at the Aga Khan Sports Club, Nairobi on a sunny Friday morning to officially open the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015.
Ismaili Muslims from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.
Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.
21 March 2015 — Ismaili Councils worldwide announced on Navroz day that the second cycle of the Jubilee Games will be held in July 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Games seek to encourage and support Ismaili athletes in achieving excellence in competitive sport, and to enhance the Jamat’s awareness and appreciation for physical fitness and health.
In Pakistan, young Ismailis are receiving knowledge and inspiration from elite-level athletes in a sports fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board. In addition to training and mentoring, the youth are coming away with a new sense of what they can possibly achieve in sport.
Over Labour Day weekend in early September, more than 2 500 athletes, spectators and volunteers attended the first ever North American Ismaili Games in Chicago. While there were individual medal presentations and celebrations in every sport, the entire Jamat was the real winner.
Chicago, 30 August 2014 – Two days into the North American Ismaili Games, the biggest draw so far has been the dance competition. Word spread quickly following an incredible set of performances on day one, and a crowd of over 800 spectators showed up for Saturday’s shows.
Chicago, 28 August 2014 – This Labour Day weekend, Ismaili Muslims from across Canada and the United States will gather in Chicago for the inaugural North American Ismaili Games. An expected 1 300 athletes will compete in 12 sports, making the event the largest Ismaili sports tournament ever staged in North America.
While the annual Premier Cup cricket tournament brought Ontario Ismaili Muslims together in April, it was also part of a wider effort to build cricket pitches and support programming in Toronto neighbourhoods that are home to large South Asian immigrant communities.
Determination, faith and discipline can lead a person to spectacular heights. Shodmon Hojibekov speaks with martial arts champion Arthur Odilbekov of Tajikistan to find out what drives him.