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Hinopak Motors, one of the market leaders in the automobile industry, have vowed to continue their patronage to sports in general and cricket in particular.
The assurance was given by their Managing Director & CEO, Hideya Iijima, who inaugurated the 17th edition of the Hinopak Trophy Inter-Firms Cricket Tournament 2010 at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, Sindh Sports Minister, and President, Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA).
In his welcome address Mohammad Irfan Shaikh, Founder Chairman, Hinopak Sports & Recreation Club, noted that the Hinpoak Trophy, launched in 1989, has been successfully organized every season and has come to be regarded as one of the most prestigious departmental competitions on the city circuit.
“The prime objective behind sponsoring this tournament for the last couple of decades is to make a humble contribution for the betterment of the society and not for the publicity of our products. We remain at front line to perform our role through continuous support for nurturing the sports activities within our society,” Irfan Shaikh, who is also a Vice President of the KCCA besides being a top leader of the Lions International, observed.
He added that Hinopak Motors will remain in the forefront to perform its role through not only the supply of environment and customer friendly products but also through its continuous support for nurturing the sports activities within the society.
The KCCA President, Dr Shah, acknowledged Hinopak’s consistent and long-term support to cricket and urged the other multinational corporations to come forward and promote activities to encourage the youngsters.
Dr Shah, also President of the Sindh Olympic Association (SOA), lauded the efforts of Irfan Shaikh in particular for being instrumental in sustaining the Hinopak sponsorship for different sports activities.
The long serving KCCA Secretary, Prof Siraj-ul Islam Bukhari also acknowledged Hinopak’s monumental contribution to cricket over a period of about two decades. He thanked Irfan Shaikh for extending the overwhelming support in making Hinopak Trophy as one of the most sought after annual events.
Naushad Riaz, Chairman, Hinopak Sports & Recreation Club, founded by Irfan Shaikh, stated that their company since its inception has always been in the forefront to promote sports activities and encouraging its employees to participate in sports and become a part of the healthier society. He credited Director Sales & Marketing, Irfan Shaikh, for having built a solid platform and spread the sports culture in the society.
Meanwhile as many as 22 outfits have entered the 17th Hinopak Trophy Inter-Firms Cricket Tournament 2010 being held at different grounds of the metropolis. All the matches will be 50-overs-a-side affair and no game would be reduced to less than 40 overs under any circumstances.
KESC, Mansha Brother, Saddar Town, Candyland and Shami Associates have been drawn in Group A, KPT, UBL, Karachi Police and Tapal Tea are placed in Group B, Pakistan Navy, Anfords English, Fatima Enterprises and Pakistan Ways feature in Group C while Group contains Pak Saudi International, Sindh Police, Omar Associates, Income Tax and NIT.
Syed Khalid Mahmood has had passion for writing and sports since childhood. After having edited wall papers and magazines in his student life, he had started contributing to various international publications from an early age.
He joined the mainstream journalism in 1987 and his first book was published later the same year. After having studied at the famed institutions like Cadet College Petaro and Delhi College, he graduated in civil engineering from the prestigious NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, in 1986.
He has earned greater fame and recognition in the field of media being acclaimed as a leading international sports writer, having worked for some of the eminent newspapers like The Frontier Post and The News International besides a brief stint with The Mississauga News. He has also appeared regularly as an analyst on various television channels.
He has already authored 12 books viz Asian Glory (2012); Reflections (2010); Cricket Fever: A History of Pakistan-India Tours (2008); Mission Caribbean: A Guide to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 (2007); World Cup 2003: Top of the Charts (2005); Spotlight on World Cup 2003 (2005); World Cup 1999: So Near Yet So Far (2000); Pakistan’s Sports Greats (1997); Pakistan: The Land of World Champions (1995); Pakistan’s Triumph in World Cup 1992 (1993); The Caribbean Challenge: A History of Pakistan-West Indies matches (1989) and Focus on World Cup (1987 and 1994).
He has had an active social life throughout. Having founded The Young Champs in 1984 he became the District Secretary of Rotary International District 3271 (Pakistan) in 2015-16. Besides being the Founder President of the NED Alumni Association, he is also the Vice President of the Delhi College & Schools Old Boys Association. He is also a member of The Petarian Association, Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi Press Club, Pakistan Engineering Council and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.
His write-ups are carried by innumerable portals and websites across the world while his exclusive articles on the web, having grown in popularity, could be accessed on his blog at www.skmsports.com
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