National Games of Pakistan

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


Before the Independence, in 1924, Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born. The founder was G.D. Sondhi, 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.


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.[3]

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 provincialgovernment 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.[4]


List of National Games of the British Raj
Competition name Number Year Venue
Indian Olympic GamesI1924 Lahore
II1926Not Available
III1928 Lahore
IV1930 Allahabad
V1932 Madras
VI1934 Delhi
VII1936 Lahore
VIII1938 Calcutta
National GamesIX1940 Bombay
X1942 Patiala
XI1944 Lahore
XII1946 Lahore
List of National Pakistan
Number Year Venue Winner
IV1954SahiwalNo trophy was awarded
V1955Dhaka (formerly East Pak)Services
VI1956LahorePakistan Army
VII1958PeshawarPakistan Army
VIII1960Dhaka (formerly East Pak)Pakistan Army
IX1962LahorePakistan Army
X1964Dhaka (formerly East Pak)Pakistan Army
XI1966LahorePakistan Army
XII1968Dhaka (formerly East Pak)Pakistan Army
XIII1970KarachiPakistan Army
XIV1972LahorePakistan Army
XV1974PeshawarPakistan Army
XVI1976KarachiPakistan Army
XVII1978LahorePakistan Army
XVIII1980KarachiPakistan Army
XIX1982PeshawarPakistan Army
XX1984FaisalabadPakistan Army
XXI1986QuettaPakistan Army
XXII1988KarachiPakistan Army
XXIII1990PeshawarPakistan Army
XXIV1992LahorePakistan Army
XXV1995QuettaPakistan Army
XXVI1996KarachiPakistan Army
XXVII1998PeshawarPakistan Army
XXVIII2001LahorePakistan Army
XXIX2004QuettaPakistan Army
XXX2007KarachiPakistan Army
XXXI2010PeshawarPakistan Army


In 2010, athletes participated in 21 different sports in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[5]

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