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Pakistan marks 100 days to go to the London 2012 Games

Islamabad: Pakistani hockey team, 100 metre race and Olympic torch bearer all take part in celebrations.

A spectacle of sport, organised by the British High Commission, was this afternoon held in Islamabad to mark 100 days to go to the London 2012 Games.

Pakistan’s top athletes, school children and special guests all helped celebrate this landmark date:

The Pakistani Olympic hockey team played an exhibition match against former-Olympians. The Pakistani Olympic hockey team won the hockey match by 4-3.

Pakistani Paralympians took part in two100 metre races. These races in Pakistan were one of 100 races being held in 100 countries to mark 100 days to go. Pakistani Paralympian Haider Ali won the first race and Pakistani Paralympian Mudassir Baig won the second race.

Hundreds of Pakistani school children involved in the British Council’s International Inspiration programme took part in an Olympic-themed performance. The International Inspiration programme, run by the British Council, is creating opportunities to participate in sport for more than 12 million people in 20 countries around the world, including working in hundreds of schools in Pakistan.

The Pakistan hockey team was led onto the field by Zainab Imran, the 14 year old Karachi school girl selected to be an Olympic torch bearer. Zainab, part of the British Council’s International Inspiration programme, will be one of the people carrying the Olympic Flame on its 70-day journey around the UK this summer.

Dozens of doves were also released to symbolise the Olympic Truce resolution at the United Nations. The resolution calling for a global six-week truce during the Olympic Games, was sponsored by the UK as Olympic and Paralympic hosts and achieved the distinction of being co-sponsored by all 193 UN member states. The UK will be working with Pakistan on the UN Security Council in support of this resolution.

Speaking on the occasion British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Adam Thomson said:

“One hundred days from now, the eyes of the world will turn to Britain for the London 2012 Games.

“Today’s spectacle of sport was a fantastic demonstration of the excitement that the London 2012 Games will bring to Pakistan.

“Hosting the 2012 Games is a great honour for the United Kingdom. I am proud that Pakistan will be playing its part in this momentous occasion.

“We are ready to welcome the world. We are a diverse, open and tolerant country. We have invited the world to the Games, but we are also delighted that already much of the world, including thousands of British Pakistanis, is already represented in London and the UK.

“The Olympics is more than just a great spectacle. Across the world, including in Pakistan, the British Council is working with young people to connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so that they are inspired to choose sport.”

Prominent Pakistani athletes and guests attended the event sponsored by London 2012 Games official sponsors VISA including: the Vice President of the Pakistan Olympic Association; the President of the Pakistan Paralympian Committee, Tariq Mustafa; former hockey champions gold medallist Hassan Sardar and Pakistan Hockey Federation President Qasim Zia.

Further information

Please see attached the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fact-sheet.

You can view the latest pictures of today’s event on our flickr gallery.

As hosts of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK sponsored the traditional Olympic Truce Resolution at the United Nations in October last year 2010. The resolution is entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” and gained the world record number of co-sponsors with all 193 UN member states included. The UK will be working with Pakistan on the UN Security Council in support of this resolution calling for a global six-week truce during next summer’s Olympic Games.

The British High Commission in Pakistan is also running an exciting project on its website, Facebook and Twitter pages entitled ‘Celebrating Connections.’ The project aims to highlight some fascinating stories about the strong links between the UK and Pakistan, in terms of people, trade, culture, education and development that form our unbreakable partnership. For more details, please visit:

www.ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk
www.facebook.com/bhcpakistan/
www.twitter.com/ukinpakistan

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attaché
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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