National Games of Pakistan

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The National Games of Pakistan is a multi-sport event held in Pakistan. It comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different teams participate against each other. The games are organized by Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Olympic Association and the host province. First Edition of Quaid-e-Azam Inter Provincial Youth Games was already take place in Islamabad [1]


Before the Independence, in 1924, Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born. The founder was Hassan, the first Secretary of the Punjab Olympic Association. Lt.Col H.L.O. Garrett, vice principal of Government College, Lahore, was the President of the founder body. At the same time, the Indian Olympic Games were organised in Delhi, Calcutta, and Lahore, the then capital of undivided Punjab.[1][2]

The Games were held every two years from 1924 as Indian Olympic Games and were renamed as National Games when they were first held in Bombay in 1940.

First Animated Promo was released in 33rd National Games Pakistan 2019 Peshawar. First Animated promo was made by Syed Imran Ali Shah Student of Bachelor of Computer Science Edwardes College Peshawar.[2][3]


After the independence of Pakistan the first National Games were held at Polo Ground, Karachi from 23 to 25 April 1948. The games were organised by Mr. Ahmed E.H. Jaffar, the first President of Pakistan Olympic Association.

Sportsmen and officials from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and all the integrated Provincial units of West Pakistan took part in these Games. The total number of athletes was 140. No competitors were, however, invited from any foreign country. Competitions were held in Track and Field, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The overall championship was won by the Punjab contingent.[4]

Father of the nation and first Governor General of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared the games open. The Quaid-i-Azam donated a "Challenge Shield" from his private funds. The trophy is now named as the "Quaid-i-Azam Trophy" and is awarded to the winner team on every edition.


The games are jointly organised by Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Olympic Association and the provincial government of the host city.

The National Games are required to be held once in two years leaving those years in which the Olympic Games and Asian Games are scheduled to be held, depending upon situation in country. Only in exceptional cases or natural calamity, the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) can allow relaxation from the general rule. The duration and the regulation of the National Games is entirely within the jurisdiction of POA.[5]


List of National Games of the British Raj
Competition name Number Year Venue
Indian Olympic Games I 1924 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
II 1926 Not Available
III 1928 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
IV 1930 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Allahabad
V 1932 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Madras
VI 1934 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Delhi
VII 1936 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
VIII 1938 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Calcutta
National Games IX 1940 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Bombay
X 1942 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Patiala
XI 1944 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
XII 1946 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
List of National Pakistan
Number Year Venue Winner
I 1948 Karachi Punjab
II 1950 Lahore Services
III 1952 Lahore Services
IV 1954 Sahiwal No trophy was awarded
V 1955 Dhaka (formerly East Pak) Services
VI 1956 Lahore Pakistan Army
VII 1958 Peshawar Pakistan Army
VIII 1960 Dhaka (formerly East Pak) Pakistan Army
IX 1962 Lahore Pakistan Army
X 1964 Dhaka (formerly East Pak) Pakistan Army
XI 1966 Lahore Pakistan Army
XII 1968 Dhaka (formerly East Pak) Pakistan Army
XIII 1970 Karachi Pakistan Army
XIV 1972 Lahore Pakistan Army
XV 1974 Peshawar Pakistan Army
XVI 1976 Karachi Pakistan Army
XVII 1978 Lahore Pakistan Army
XVIII 1980 Karachi Pakistan Army
XIX 1982 Peshawar Pakistan Army
XX 1984 Faisalabad Pakistan Army
XXI 1986 Quetta Pakistan Army
XXII 1988 Karachi Pakistan Army
XXIII 1990 Peshawar Pakistan Army
XXIV 1992 Lahore Pakistan Army
XXV 1995 Quetta Pakistan Army
XXVI 1996 Karachi Pakistan Army
XXVII 1998 Peshawar Pakistan Army
XXVIII 2001 Lahore Pakistan Army
XXIX 2004 Quetta Pakistan Army
XXX 2007 Karachi Pakistan Army
XXXI 2010 Peshawar Pakistan Army
XXXII 2012 Lahore Pakistan Army
XXXIII 2013 Islamabad Pakistan Army


In 2010, athletes participated in 21 different sports in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[6]


  1. ^ Arvind Katyal. "Decision on National Games on Aug 2". Retrieved 4 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Tribune:Punjab the Spirit of Sports".
  3. ^ 33rd National Games Logo Unveiling... - 33rd National Games 2019 Peshawar, retrieved 8 December 2019
  4. ^ Archived 25 August 2011 at WebCite
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