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Pak-UK polo tournament ends in draw amid display of bonhomie

Pak-UK polo tournament ends in draw amid display of bonhomie

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Pak-UK polo tournament ends in draw amid display of bonhomie

A two-match bilateral Polo Tournament between UK and Pakistan Army teams culminated as a tie after two hard fought matches. 

Pakistan and UK Armies played at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on June 30 and the Guards Polo Club Windsor on July 2. 

The first match was won by Pakistan Army 6-51/2 and second match was won by UK Army 61/2-6. 

More than 500 people from all walks of life attended the two matches. 

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British Pakistanis chanted in favour of Pakistan Army and acknowledged their fervent pursuit of national interests. They demonstrated complete support to Pakistan Army and vowed to stand with them against the onslaught of social media negativity and misled populist rhetoric. 

The two matches promoted goodwill, cooperation and friendship between the two countries which have touched new heights in the last two years. 

It was the first time that Pakistan anthem was played in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst alongwith the hoisting of the Pakistani flag.

Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst stated that Pakistani cadets have won the most overseas awards in Sandhurst in the last 200 years. Their 23 awards are second to none. He paid rich accolades to the professional aptitude and diligence of the Pakistanis.

The event was attended by British High Commissioner Jane Marriot as well.

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Commentary of the match was done by world renowned sports commentator Simon Ledger and Col Taimur Rahat, Army and Air Adviser to UK.

It was also the first time that Pakistan team played at the famed Guards Polo Club in Windsor which is considered the most elite venue of international polo.

After the termination of the match, members of Pakistani diaspora paid rich tributes to the efforts of Pakistan Army and acknowledged the sincerity of the armed forces. 

The diaspora presented an oil painting of the Chairman Guards Polo Club as a gesture of solidarity and cooperation.

Efforts are underway by Defence Wing Pakistan High Commission to organise reciprocal Skiing, Mountaineering, Trekking and Cricket championships as well in the future.

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Rakitic joins Hajduk Split after leaving Al-Shabab

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Former Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic is joining Hajduk Split after Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab terminated his contract by mutual consent following a six-month spell.

The 36-year-old scored once in eight games after joining Al-Shabab in January 2024 as they finished eighth on 52 points.

“The club management agreed with the Croatian player Ivan Rakitic to terminate the contractual relationship between the two parties by mutual consent,” the Saudi club posted on the X social media platform.

Hajduk Split on Sunday announced the signing of the former Barcelona and Sevilla midfielder for one season with the option of an extra year in what will be his first campaign in Croatia.

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Rakitic, who was born in Switzerland, played 106 games for Croatia, scoring 15 goals, and helped the country reach the World Cup final in 2018. 

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Croatia’s Vida retires from international football

Croatia’s Vida retires from international football

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Croatia's Vida retires from international football

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has retired from international soccer after 14 years in the national team, the Croatian Football Federation said on Sunday.

Vida, 35, made his international debut in May 2010 and has played 105 matches for Croatia. He was part of the Croatia side that reached the final of World Cup 2018 and finished third in World Cup 2022.

“It is an honour to wear the most beautiful jersey in the world once in your career,” Vida said in a statement.

“And when you do it 105 times, you play in seven major competitions … then you can just be infinitely grateful for such a privilege.”

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Former Bayer Leverkusen and Besiktas player Vida currently plays for Greek top-flight club AEK Athens. 

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Canada defender Collins to miss Paris 2024 soccer tournament through injury

Canada defender Collins to miss Paris 2024 soccer tournament through injury

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Canada defender Collins to miss Paris 2024 soccer tournament through injury

Canada defender Sydney Collins will miss the Paris 2024 women’s soccer tournament after fracturing her left leg during a training game in her first match back after suffering a similar injury to her right leg earlier this year, Team Canada said on Saturday.

Gabrielle Carle will replace Collins in Canada’s Olympic squad, while Desiree Scott will take Carle’s spot as an alternate for the Tokyo 2020 gold medallists, it said.

Collins sustained the injury on Thursday during a closed-door training match against Nigeria, her first since fracturing her right leg in February.

“Our hearts go out to Sydney during this difficult time. She has worked incredibly hard to return in time for Paris 2024, and while this is a setback, we know she will come back stronger,” said women’s national team head coach Bev Priestman.

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“She will be with us in spirit every step of the way.

“With the depth and resilience of our roster, it’s a next-player-up mentality, and both Gabby and Desiree’s experience will be invaluable to our team’s success.”

Canada will begin the defence of their Olympic title on July 25 against Group A opponents New Zealand. 

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