Sports: Bridge: Pak women to undergo specialized training ahead World C’ship

Karachi: Pakistan Women’s team would undergo specialized bridge training programme by expert Tahir Masood, who led Pakistan in the Bermuda Bowl — World Championship Bridge Championship held in the Netherlands in 2011.

The specialized training has been arranged to prepare the team for the 41st edition of World Bridge Team Championships – the 19th Venice Cup scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia from Sept 16 to 29.

According to details provided by the World Bridge Federation, overall 22 nations are taking part in Women’s Venice Cup. Pakistan women’s team will launch their campaign with the opening match against Poland.

Pakistan women’s bridge team created history by winning the 17th BFAME Women’s Bridge Championships in Ahmedabad, India a few months ago.

The Rubina Agha-led Pakistan women’s team won their maiden BFAME crown by beating favourites and hosts India by 94-53 International Match Points (IMPs) in the final in Ahmedabad.

By virtue of that victory, they qualified for the prestigious event to be held in Bali, Indonesia.

Besides Rubina Agha, others who are part of the winning squad included the highest WBF acclaimed Zeenat Azwer, Roshan Ara Bokhari and includes three generation Qudsia Dossa (Grand Mother), Rubina Saeed Hai (Daughter) and Fatima Raza (Grand Daughter).

Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, President, Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) has approved the partial expenses of the training costs.

MSAP is providing the technical assistance and management for the seven-day training programme starting daily from today (Thursday) at MSAP Office.

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