Pakistan Wapda’s Haider Ali wins gold medal in Tokyo Paralympic Video games

LAHORE – Historical past was made in Pakistan particular sports activities as Wapda’s athlete Haider Ali gained the gold medal for the nation in discus throw at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games on Friday. 

In keeping with info made obtainable right here, the star particular athlete wrote a brand new chapter within the nation’s particular sports activities by turning into the first-ever athlete to win a gold. Haider Ali achieved a 55.26 metre throw at his fifth try out of a complete of six to attain the most effective distance — virtually 3m longer than Ukraine’s Mykola Zhabnyak who scored 52.43m to return in second place whereas Brazilian Joao Victor Teixeira de Souza Silva gained bronze with a throw of 51.86m. Earlier, Haider had gained two medals, a silver in Beijing and a Bronze in Rio within the lengthy soar occasion for Pakistan. Celebrating his golden victory, Haider stated the gold medal can be ‘crucial’ for para-sports in Pakistan since others would have the ability to see what could be achieved by exhausting work. “I hope to be a task mannequin for different those that have a incapacity [and who] don’t compete in sports activities to participate in para-sports,” he stated.

“The coaching was very disturbed. It was disturbed as a result of the services the place we will practice had been closed due to Covid-19 pandemic, and we missed out on the times to coach. These had been essential days. “There have been plenty of challenges in coaching, however we saved going as a result of we needed to put together for Tokyo.” 

Haider’s quest has been to guarantee that the nation no less than provides equal protection and assist to para-athletes like they offer to the Olympians. “My enchantment to the federal government of Pakistan is that Paralympics is the largest occasion on the earth, and to even get right here and take part right here is an honour. I’ve even gained medals for the nation. However the request is that the Paralympians ought to get equal assist, which the Olympians get, in order that we will additionally practice higher, compete in a greater method, give higher outcomes and make Pakistan proud. I’m grateful to NPC, due to them I’m the place I’m in the present day.”

Punjab Sports activities Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti stated Ali had made your complete nation proud by profitable the gold medal. He introduced a reward of Rs2.5 million for the Olympian, saying it could be given to him by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar at a ceremony upon his return. 

Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) President Maj Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Sahi prolonged heartiest felicitation to Haider Ali for profitable gold medal within the Paralympics in Tokyo. Wapda Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Muzammil Hussain, who can also be patron-in-chief of Wapda Sports activities Board, has congratulated Wapda athlete Haider Ali on profitable the medal for Pakistan. Wapda has been patronizing sports activities in Pakistan for greater than 5 a long time.  Data Minister Fawad Chaudhry thanked the athlete for his win on Twitter. “We’re happy with you,” he tweeted. “Really feel immensely happy with #AliHaider for profitable Pakistan a gold medal in Paralympics. The entire nation is happy with him. Heroes like Ali Haider show on a regular basis that our nation is blessed with expertise. Punjab Govt will preserve supporting such proficient athletes,” tweeted CM Punjab Usman Buzdar. 

The US Embassy in Islamabad additionally congratulated him for the win and stated he was “used to creating historical past.” Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Matsuda Kuninori, additionally congratulated Pakistan’s premier para-athlete Haider Ali, for displaying prime efficiency by profitable the gold medal within the remaining of Males’s Discus throw (F37) competitors on the Tokyo Paralympics. 

“I’m actually delighted to see Pakistani athlete’s success within the Tokyo Paralympics.  My honest congratulations to Haider Ali, his household and the folks of Pakistan for this wonderful success to realize the gold medal.

 “I imagine that you’ve got made your nation proud and gained many hearts again residence in your sensible efficiency on the earth’s mega occasion,” he stated in a press release issued right here on Friday. 

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