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.

Diamond Jubilee Polo Tournament in Gupis Yasin Pakistan

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.

Cycling Rally in Hunza,Pakistan

An outstanding Cycling Rally, part of the Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival, was held against the backdrop of the breathtaking scenery of Hunza, Pakistan

Diamond Jubilee Marathon in Ishkomal Puniyal

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).

Two opposing volleyball teams pose for a group picture

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. 

Ismailis from the Malagasy Republic arrive in Mombasa for the Africa-wide Unity Games, which will run from 13 - 16 April 2017. Ismaili Council for Kenya

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.

Top Ismaili athletes will compete between 22 - 29 July at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. GJG

10 January 2016 — National Ismaili Councils worldwide announced today that the 2016 Jubilee Games will be held between 22 – 29 July in Dubai.

Ismaili Council President Nawaaz Gulam and National Team Kenya Games Coordinator Reshma Khan light the torch symbolising the start of the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015. Ejaz Karmali

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.

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa are gathering in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, taking place between 3–6 April. Unity Games 2015

Ismaili Muslims from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.

Children in the opening parade wave the Tanzanian and Ismaili flags in celebration of the 2015 Unity Games. Alkarim Pirmohamed

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.

The Jubilee Games encourage and support Ismaili athletes in achieving excellence in competitive sport. GJG2008

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.

Ismaili athletes take part in a Sports Fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan. Ismaili Council for Pakistan

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.

Ismailis from across North America gathered in Chicago over the 2014 Labour Day weekend for the first ever North American Ismaili Games. Akber Dewji

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.

Southeast men’s dance team, Nishani, is an example of the high calibre of competition at the North American Ismaili Games.

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.

The North American Ismaili Games is the largest Ismaili sports event ever staged on the content.

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.

Organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Ontario, the Premier Cup cricket tournament was part of a wider community effort to support the development of the sport in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, Toronto neighbourhoods that are home to

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.

Odilbekov awaits the start of a contest in Buryatia, Russia.

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.