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Pakistan Baseball founder Khawar Shah passes away
Pakistan Baseball founder Khawar Shah passes away
Published at: 4 month(s) ago

Lahore: The President of Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) and former director general sports Punjab Syed Khawar Shah passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68.

Khawar Shah was recently admitted to hospital and could not survive. His funeral will be held in Jhang on Wednesday.

The PFB was founded in 1992 under Shah’s leadership, allowing Pakistan to compete at the international level while helping to grow the game. He also served as president of Punjab Archery Association.

“This is a tremendous loss for our sport in Pakistan, Asia and worldwide,” said Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) – the world governing body for the two sports.

“History will always remember President Shah’s important legacy and milestones in baseball,” he added.

During Shah’s presidency, the PFB launched annual men’s and women’s national championships, helping develop and identify players for Pakistan’s national teams, which have currently risen to 26th in the world in men’s baseball and 12th in women’s baseball.

In 2016, the Pakistan Women’s National Baseball team debuted in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, while the Pakistan Men’s team played in its first-ever World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

Syed Khawar Shah started his career as a divisional sports officer Gujranwala and progressed to the seat of managing director sports board. Later, he assumed office as Director General Sports Punjab and retired in the same capacity.

He has left behind a widow, three sons and four daughters.

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