Pakistan Television Network in collaboration with Cutting Edge Group & Jellyfish launched 1st PTV Sports Lifetime Achievement Awards in Karachi at a local hotel.
In a conceptualised event, 21 categories (six nominees in each) were revealed. Categories were sports like Cricket, Field Hockey, Football, Snooker, Squash, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Kabaddi, Swimming, Weight-Lifting, Basket Ball, Mountaineering, Sailing, Polo, Wrestling, Athletics, Boxing, including Best Sportswoman, Best Sportsman, and Best Sports Journalist/Commentator. Besides, twelve players from different sports will be rewarded for their excellent performance and distinction in world records.
The ceremony started with Zainab Abbas & Shahzad Khan explaining the concept of arranging 1st PTV Sports Lifetime Achievement Awards to reincarnate the forgotten stars, to highlight that heroes never die, to reflect on how sports had integrated the society and also how with an early impact Pakistan had dominated the world. It is to provide a platform for future generations to get motivated and to move in life progressively.
There were exclusive documentaries on excellence of Pakistan sports, Brigadier Rodham, Subedar Major Abdul Khaliq, Hissam Ali Haider, the Muhammad brothers were run.
On the occasion, MD PTVC dilated upon the need for such an activity and how PTV has been patronising sports in Pakistan. CEO of the Cutting Edge Group explained about their collaboration in hosting the awards and referred towards the main function to be held on February 18th, 2020 at the Convention Centre in Islamabad. The CEO of Cutting Edge Group also appreciated the efforts Jellyfish for their contributions to this event. He also explained the hosting in May-June 2020 of Kashmir Premier League.
Dr. Nauman Niaz Director Sports & Syndication of the PTV & a renowned anchor eloquently went through the sequence of events aired and produced by PTV since it’s inception in 1964 and its role of manifesting the true cultural values. He using his remarkable memory also discussed in comprehensive details the early of impact of great Pakistan sportsmen.
Zainab Abbas & Shahzad Khan explained each nominee supported by strongly made visual citations. Comedians Murtaza and Mustafa left the house in laughter. The interactions with legendary sportsmen including Sami Ullah, Islahuddin, Sadiq Muhammad, Shoaib Muhammad, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Qasim, Wasim Bari, were the essence of the show. Besides, Salim Jaffer, Rashid Latif, Shoaib Akhtar, Sarfraz Ahmad, Asad Shafiq, and the snooker champion Muhammad Yousaf were also present.
At the end of the evening, an elegantly made award trophy and medallion were unveiled and cake by renowned bakers, Pie In The Sky was cut as part of the celebrations. The show ended with amazing performances by singers Sehr Ali Baga & Aima Baig.