ITF decision on Pak-India Davis Cup tie: A landmark for PTF in sports diplomacy

12:51 PM | 12 Nov, 2023
ITF decision on Pak-India Davis Cup tie: A landmark for PTF in sports diplomacy

Khawaja Suhail Iftikhar, Senior Vice President of Pakistan Ten­nis Federation (PTF), has said that the recent International Tennis Federation (ITF) deci­sion, prompted by the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) re­fusal to play the World Group 1 playoff Davis Cup tie in Is­lamabad in Jan/Feb 2024 due to security concerns, has been hailed as a significant success in sports diplomacy for Pakistan. 

Khawaja Suhail stated, “This positive outcome is a stark con­trast to the Davis Cup Tie in 2019, where AITA raised similar security concerns, leading to the match being played at a neu­tral venue in Kazakhstan. This time, PTF’s persistent efforts, spearhead­ed by Presi­dent Salim Saifullah Khan and his team, have effectively lob­bied in relevant ITF quarters, making a compelling case for Pakistan’s safe and congenial sports environment.” 

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He added that President Salim Saifullah Khan was actively en­gaged with ITF officials during a visit to London last month, ve­hemently presenting Pakistan’s case and countering AITA’s lob­bying efforts. The success of these diplomatic endeavors has garnered acknowledgment and appreciation at various govern­ment and sports forums. 

The PTF senior official empha­sized that the ongoing Juniors International Tennis tourna­ments in Islamabad, supported by private sector initiatives like the ACE Academy led by Aisam­ul Haq, reflect PTF’s commit­ment to promoting tennis from grassroots levels. The academy, known for conducting Pakistan’s first-ever Tennis Talent Hunt and providing free 12 months training to 16 selected juniors who now excel in various age categories, exemplifies the fed­eration’s persistent efforts. 

Additionally, the smooth execu­tion of eight Davis Cup ties in Is­lamabad since 2017 underscores PTF’s dedication to the promo­tion and development of tennis in Pakistan,” added Khawaja Suhail.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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