International Championship gold for Saudi Arabian female boxer

Dona Mohammed Al-Ghamdi won the 2018 International Boxing Championship. (Supplied)
Updated 03 February 2018

International Championship gold for Saudi Arabian female boxer

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia boxer Dona Mohammed Al-Ghamdi has continued her remarkable rise in the sport by winning the 2018 International Boxing Championship.
Al-Ghamdi only took up the sport four years ago to lose weight — she dropped from 155 kilograms to 80 kilograms in nine months — but she has also managed to win several titles in the process.
On Friday she won the International Boxing Championship in Balqa, Jordan, to add to the three black belt, four medals and several Arab titles she has already claimed.
Al-Ghamdi is the only Saudi Arabian boxer to compete on an Arab and international level and was competing against fighters from Norway, Germany, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, UAE, Lebanon and Kuwait.


Sri Lanka win toss in first Test in Pakistan since 2009 attack

Updated 11 December 2019

Sri Lanka win toss in first Test in Pakistan since 2009 attack

  • Foreign teams have been refusing to tour Pakistan since attack on the Lankan team a decade ago
  • Security has improved in Pakistan over the years

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and decided to bat on Wednesday in the first Test in Pakistan since a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team a decade ago.
Sri Lanka have embarked on the first Test tour of Pakistan since the gun-and-rocket attack in March 2009 killed eight people and wounded players and officials, plunging Pakistan into sporting isolation.
With foreign teams refusing to tour, Pakistan have since played their ‘home’ fixtures in the United Arab Emirates, meaning all of their current team are now playing their first Test on home soil.
However, as security has improved, Pakistan has gradually revived international cricket with limited-overs matches against Zimbabwe, World XI, the West Indies and Sri Lanka over the last four years.
Pakistan entered the Test with a four-man pace attack, giving Test debuts to opener Abid Ali and left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari.
Sri Lanka have also included three fast bowlers, with Dilruwan Perera the lone spinner.

Teams:
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha
Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)