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Pakistani Olympians celebrate Six months to go to London 2012 at British High Commission Football match

Islamabad: With only six months to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the United Kingdom is very proud of the story we have to tell about the preparations for the Games.

Pakistani Olympians and Paralympians celebrated six months to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games at an exhibition football match held at the British High Commission in Islamabad today.

A team of Pakistani sports journalists played a combined team of British, Brazilian and Chinese diplomats in the exhibition match which was sponsored by VISA. The international team represented the previous, current and next hosts of the summer Olympic Games.

British High Commissioner, Adam Thomson presented a sheild to the winning team of Pakistani sports journalists and medals to both teams.

High profile Pakistani athletes attended the event, including Mudassar Baig, the Gold medallist of 400-M Race in Asian Para Games 2010 at China, and Haider Ali, the Gold medallist of Long Jump in Asian Para Games 2010 at China, alongside the President of Pakistani Olympic Association Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan and His Excellency the Ambassador of Brazil, H.E Alfredo Leoni and representatives from the Chinese Embassy.

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”. 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

Commenting on the success of the event, British High Commissioner, Adam Thomson said:

“With only six months to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the United Kingdom is very proud of the story we have to tell about the preparations for the Games.

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

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

“There are so many strong connections between Pakistan and the UK, and anyone following the Second Test in Abu Dhabi, will understand that sport is one of these. I wish the Pakistani athletes the best of luck in their preparations over the next six months. The 2012 Games are set to be a landmark international event for 2012 and I know Pakistan will want to play their part in this.”

Country Manager for Visa Pakistan, Amer Pasha added further:

“Visa has been a worldwide partner for the Olympics movement since 1986 and has made it possible for many countries to participate in the prestigious event by providing crucial support. We have also developed an array of programs globally to teach the world about the history, values and ideals of the Olympic Movement and today we are proud to be associated with the British High Commission for today’s match and would like to extend our cooperation for the upcoming events as well.”

Chairman Rawalpindi-Islamabad Sports Journalists Association, Abdul Mohi Shah, commented on the participation of Pakistani journalists:

“As a journalist who covered three previous Olympics I am eagerly looking forward to the start of the 2012 London Olympics as it not only promises thrilling competition, it also provides opportunity to people travelling from around the globe to see sports returning to its roots.

“With the countdown already started, the British High Commission’s endeavour to celebrate the occasion in company of local sports journalists would help generate more interest and increase their knowledge about the British Olympics plan to make the mega show a memorable one.”

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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