(07-08-2017): To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Pakistan a friendly cricket match organized by the Pakistani community in Japan was played between the Japan XI and Ambassador’s XI at Sano Cricket Ground. The match named as the Youm-e-Azadi (Independence Cup) was won by the Ambassador’s XI convincingly by a margin of 20 runs.
Ambassador Asad M. Khan who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, members of the Pakistani Community and sports loving people attended the event. The Mayor of Sano City Mr. Masahide Okabe also graced the occasion and inaugurated the match. He welcomed the enthusiasm and dedication of the Pakistani Community and all players for organizing a wonderful event. At the conclusion of the event, Chief Guest Ambassador Khan distributed awards among the participating players and presented the Youm-e-Azadi (Independence Cup) to the winning captain.
While addressing the gathering, the Ambassador was all praise for the exemplary sportsmanship displayed by both the teams. He recalled that twenty five years ago cricket was a novel game for Japanese people but due to the sincere efforts of the Pakistani Community cricket has flourished and now Japan had a balanced cricket team which of course was heartening to see. He recalled his earlier stay and posting in Japan and termed it as his second home with cherished and wonderful memories. He expressed hope that such events would definitely contribute towards strengthening of people to people contacts and bonds between the two countries.
The Ambassador joined the participants of the event to observe a minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the world’s first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
TOKYO, PR # 40/2017