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Pakistan eyes co-op with China in sports goods as Pak soccer balls to hit Qatar - Islamabad Post

Last updated Tuesday, November 15, 2022 07:05 ET , Source: TopWireNews

ISLAMABAD, Nov 15 (DNA): Pakistan eyes cooperation with China in sports goods as Pakistan soccer balls to hit the upcoming 2022 FIFA world cup to be held in Qatar from Nov 20, Gwadar Pro reported on Tuesday.
Made-in-Pakistan soccer balls will make a glamourous appearance in the upcoming event. Al Rihla, the official ball of the international event, is made in Sialkot, a city that is home to premium quality sports goods.
The report says, Sialkot produces about 600 million soccer balls per year, accounting for more than half of the world’s total production. “Sialkot has been meeting up to 70 % [soccer ball] requirement of the world,” Saad Ghani, marketing manager of Talon Company, told Gwadar Pro, adding that “a little of its share has been reduced since more countries have ventured into the industry.”
Debuting in the 1982 Spain World Cup, Sialkot-made soccer balls have shone at the apex of the football kingdom for nine times (upcoming one in Qatar included).
The “tango” balls pioneered the use of rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through, becoming the first water-resistant ball in the FIFA world cup.
“No one can make football like it is made in our country even China can’t make it. The quality of our football is so good that it is used all over the world,” exclaimed Imran Zaidi, a local sports shopkeeper.
Apart from a powerhouse of soccer balls, Sialkot also produces a wide range of other sports goods. As per the Small and Medium Enterprises...

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