Serena Hotels in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the Invitational Golf Championship at the Islamabad Club Golf Course on Saturday.
The Tournament was held under the Serena Hotels Sports Diplomacy Initiative and played on the Shot Gun format. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs. Ambassadors, dignitaries and businessmen participated in the tournament as the event also bade farewell to Aizaz Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary, as he begins his appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America. Sartaj Aziz said “Sports diplomacy is part of cultural diplomacy which allows people and communities to work together for a greater cause “and also recalled the “mountaineering expedition sent together to various countries promoting message of peace and public diplomacy”.
Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said, “We believe that sports (diplomacy) provides a unique opportunity and platform to diplomats and friends, corporates and bureaucrats to establish links with other professionals and peers. This is an opportunity to develop friendships and demonstrate our abilities and interests in different sports. The Sports Diplomacy concept germinated during a Foreign Office golf tournament and has blossomed into something much greater as the hospitality of Serena creates a great ambiance to bring people together.” He added, “Chaudhry is a career diplomat, who is currently serving as Foreign Secretary. Prior to this, he served as the Additional Secretary of the UN Division with the additional responsibility of being spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He earlier held diplomatic positions in Cairo, Doha, Tehran, Washington and New York.”
The winners of the tournament in different categories were: Corporate Category: Adnan Haider Diplomats Category: JP Singh Government/Armed Forces Category: AsimIftikhar Ladies Category: Ms. Ami Qin Special Prizes: KaleemSaadat, Faisal Niaz, James Palmer.