Quetta witnessed an exhilarating finale at the 34th National Games as WAPDA emerged victorious, claiming the gold medal in the highly anticipated women’s softball event. The intense competition saw WAPDA defeat Quetta to secure the top spot, while Quetta claimed the silver medal and HEC earned the third-place position, grabbing the bronze.
The final match of the women’s softball event on day four showcased an exceptional display of skill, with Pak WAPDA overpowering Pak Army by an inning and 3 runs, securing the gold medal with a total of 13 runs against Army’s 10 runs. Madiha, Ayesha, and Noreena of Pak WAPDA delivered outstanding performances, each scoring three runs, while Saiqa and Sidra Iram contributed with 2 runs each.
Noteworthy achievements were also seen from the silver medalists, Pak Army, with Zahida hitting 3 runs, including 2 impressive home runs, and Fariha scoring 2 runs. Humaira, Mayda, Rashida, Aasia, and Ansa each contributed 1 run to the team’s performance.
The final match was graced by the presence of Muhammad Jahangir, Deputy Secretary General of the Pakistan Olympic Association, who attended as the chief guest. Among the dignitaries present were MPA Baluchistan Ahmed Nawaz Baloch, Haider Lehri, President of the Softball Federation of Pakistan, and Asif Azeem, Secretary General of the Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP).
In his address at the closing ceremony, Chief Guest Muhammad Jahangir commended the passion and dedication displayed by the participating teams and their members. He expressed his hope that they would continue to exhibit the same spirit of sportsmanship in future competitions. Jahangir emphasized that the teams’ participation and exceptional performances in a national event were commendable achievements in themselves.
President of the Softball Federation of Pakistan, Mr. Haider Lehri, and Secretary General Asif Azeem expressed their satisfaction with the successful organization of the event. They highlighted that women’s softball had become the first discipline to reach the final stage at the National Games, with Pakistan Army and WAPDA setting the stage for an intense gold-medal match on May 16. The day proved to be a memorable one, with WAPDA securing the gold medal and the Army team earning a deserving silver.