As Founder and Secretary General of Pakistan Armwrestling Federation (PAF) I would like to welcome you to our website and thank you for visiting us online.
The Pakistan Armwrestling Federation (PAF) has been in existence since 2009 and over these years we have witnessed a steady growth of the game which initially started from Lahore and in a small way in our other big cities e.g. Karachi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad and other provinces. However we would like to see that there is more and more interest by Armwrestling in our younger boys and girls besides seniors. World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) also played a pivotal role in mushrooming this sport in Pakistan through their representative Federation in Asia AAF (Asian Armwrestling Federation).
With our New Development Plan now in place for year 2015, PAF is changing its direction and our focus will be the teaching of Armwrestling in grass root level, schools and the colleges. This has never been done in the past due to which Armwrestling could not really develop the way it should have been. A copy of the plan is also on this site for those interested in sponsoring our programs and also for our Associations to see the direction we are going in for sake of its promotion. I would like to wish all Armwrestling players, fans, coaches, referees and administrators a happy and energyful 2015.
Once again thank you for visiting this site and feel free to clarify any query on line about Armwrestling in Pakistan.
Sher-e-Pakistan (Asian Medalist)
Founder & Secretary General
Pakistan Armwrestling Federation (PAF).
As President of Pakistan Armwrestling Federation (PAF) I would like to welcome you to our website and thank you for visiting us online.
Although Armwrestling is an age old sport that has been practiced in a highly competitive environment, and that is currently recognized as an organized sport and is extremely popular around the world, it is still a growing sport in Asia, and also within Pakistan.
The PAF was established in 2009, with the aim and goal to organize, promote and manage Armwrestling as a recognized and official sport in Pakistan. We continuously strive to search though our rich local talent and to popularize Armwrestling as the exhilarating and sensational spectator sport that it is in Pakistan. Our Federation has been recognized since 2009 by the Asian (AAF) and World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) who are responsible the organization and management of this sport on an international level.
Raja Muhammad Iftekhar
Pakistan Armwrestling Federation
Arm wrestling has existed in Pakistan since the 1985 in the street boys were testing their strength against one another. Later on, no competitions were organized and champions were only in towns However, problems arose as to the legitimacy of titles. In the early 2008. There was no provincial or national body organized that set out the standards for rules, refereeing and table dimensions. Rules varied from competition to competition as did the arm wrestling tables. Some tables had wood-rimmed elbow pads and wooden pin pads - definitely an incentive not to lose. Referees had no formal training, they were chosen by friendship or availability.
The Pakistan Armwrestling Federation. (P.A.F) was created in 2009 by Qaisar Khan, who had a big name in Pakistan traditional and Olympic Style wrestling and got many medals including Asian medals for Pakistan. He trained well in different countries in Armwrestling. Chairman Bahadar Kahan, Chudry Muhammad Arif as president who has given his skills to wrestling Almost 26 year as a General Secretary of Pakistan wrestling Federation. Faisal Khan as Sr.vice-President and Mr Riaz Mahmood Rana as vice President, Qaisar khan as Secretary General and Muhammad Sarwar butt as vice-President, Rana Rehan Anwar Asso- Secretary of Pakistan Armwrestling Federation. (P.A.F). The organization was incorporated as a non-profit Federation.
The first year only a couple of tournaments were held, the first of which was at the City Lahore. To gain acceptance by the Province or National Sports Board to hold competitions in licensed establishments, we had to prove ourselves. To do so, we held a tournament at the different cities of Pakistan. Although Chairman Bahadar Khan was gave place for build first Federation’s Training Hall. Where boys come from far to trained, The P.A.F is the one and only one who is going to registerd by the Pakistan Sports Board very soon and already registered with A.A.F and W.A.F.
For promotion of Armwrestling and for sport took flight so, Federation decided to give Armwrestling Tables around the country to famous Sports Club and Gyms. With 200 to over 300 entries at each tournament. The venues were filled to capacity as fans came out to cheer for the local favorite and boo some of the out-of-towners.
Today, the P.A.F. holds 6 sanctioned tournaments a year, a few local tournaments and the Provincial Championships. Where somebody walking off the street could compete against a National Champion. Today, the classes are split between amateur and pro classes. They aren’t really professionals, they’re just very good, but for the lack of a better word we call them pros. They are now separated from competing against a newcomer. So you get the best of both worlds - the beginners have a fighting chance and you get to watch some of the best arm wrestlers in Pakistan go at it.
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