Pakistan eyes medals at Commonwealth Youth Games (Daily Times (Pakistan))

Pakistan sports officials are optimistic and confident to reach the victory stand in the multiple sports competitions during the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games commencing in Samoa on Saturday (today). Pakistan contingent’s manager Muhammad Rasheed on Friday said that players were well prepared and fully fit to give their best performance in the event. We have selected the best players for only four disciplines and we hope that we will succeed in grabbing some medals in the competition, said Rasheed. Earlier on Thursday, a 13-member Pakistan contingent departed from Islamabad to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held from September 5 to September 11 in Samoa, a small and tropical island nation in the central pacific. Pakistan contingent will participate in the disciplines of boxing, squash, tennis and weightlifting. The contingent includes two boxers, two squash players, two female tennis players and three weightlifters along with officials and supporting staff. At least 5,000 young athletes aged between 14 and 18 will represent their countries and compete for 107 gold medals at stake in nine sports disciplines. Pakistan continent failed to win any medal in the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games that was held in September 2011.