LAHORE:  The Lahore Press Club (LPC) Friday honoured senior sports journalists and life members of the club for earning the ‘life time achievement awards’ of the Pakistan Sports Writer Federation (PSWF) during a ceremony held here at the club premises.

Sarfraz Ahmad of The News and Qayyum Zahid of Online received the honorary shields while the third recipient was absent. They were conferred upon ‘life time achievement awards’ by the PSWF during the AIPS Asia Congress which was held in Islamabad recently. From the hosts, LPC president Shahbaz Mian, secretary Abdul Majeed Sajid, governing body members and senior and young sports journalists were also present on the occasion.

Former chief selector and Test cricketer Salahuddin Ahmad Sallu has specially flown in from Karachi to grace the occasion on the request of the LPC while former Pakistan cricket team manager Azhar Zaidi and former LCCA secretary Mian Javed Ali were also present there.

Speaking on the occasion, Salahuddin Sallu paid rich tributes to the senior sportsjournalists for their contribution in sports journalism. Recalling the old memories, he said: “Without the support of sports journalists , the players in all sports cannot get due recognition and respect. So these sports journalists work day in day out to promote sports and sportsmen in the country.”

Azhar Zaidi and Mian Javed also expressed the words of praise for these journalists for their long-standing contribution for Pakistan sports . They said that they had very long and sincere relations with these legends in sports journalism and hoped that this strong relationship would continue in the longer run.

LPC president Shahbaz Mian has said that the club is very active in honouring the senior journalists and this ceremony is a part of this activity. He said: “As they are members of LPC , we think that the ‘life time achievement award’ of these journalists is an honour for the LPC , rather the club has achieved these awards.”

LPC secretary Abdul Majeed Sajid also lauded the life time achievement award winners and assured that the club would keep its tradition intact for the senior journalists and continue to honour them in the similar way. “I hope the young journalists will try to learn from these knowledge houses, who had served their lives for the promotion of sportsjournalism.” –Courtesy The Nation

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