Pakistani paratha-maker, Nisar Ahmed, has won a bronze medal in the International Kickboxing championship in Russia on Tuesday.
Nisar lives in Karachi and sells parathas at a roadside hotel to earn his living. He defeated Tajikistan’s kickboxer to win the bronze medal for the third position in the tournament. A few days back his video had gone viral seeking the help of the government to fund his participation in the event.
Unable to get sponsorship from the government, citizens came forward to help him and ensure his participation in the kickboxing championship. In his video, he said that he is a professional kickboxer and has won four gold medals at the national level.
Paratha Banane Wala National Gold Medalist is waiting for sponsorship for the upcoming World Kickboxing Championship (Russia) #wakokickboxing
Jazz Cash: 0317 2756490 (Nisar Ahmed)
Bank: Mr. Junaid Khan (Brother)
Acc: 01720103571464 (Meezan Bank)
IBAN: PK18MEZN0001720103571464 pic.twitter.com/DLyqp3aHEj
— سیاسی لفنٹر ™ (@Siyasi_lafanter) November 11, 2021
He has been participating in all the kickboxing events nationwide. Nisar said he, however, lacks the funds to pursue his career in kickboxing. Nisar said that he has missed several international fights due to the lack of funds and sponsors.
The kickboxer said that he has won several medals and trophies in national events. He added that unfortunately, he does not have any support from the government or corporate companies to sponsor him for international kickboxing events. Several people came forward for his help after his video went viral on social media.
Pakistan’s youth is an asset to the country
Social media users have felicitated the paratha-maker on his triumph in Russia. Pakistan has one of the largest young populations in the world hence has talented youth. The government needs to harness and support such talented individuals who can become the soft image for Pakistan globally.
Similarly, Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem also won hearts following his participation in the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year. Arshad Nadeem ended his Tokyo Olympics journey at 5th position in the Men’s Javelin Throw Final.
Arshad Nadeem trended on Twitter as the young athlete had made the entire nation his fan in just a number of days. Before the morning of 4Th August, nobody knew who Arshad Nadeem was, and by the end of 7th August, he had won the hearts of the entire nation.
From politicians to the common man, everyone had found a new national hero in the shape of Arshad Nadeem.
Many pointed out the lack of services and facilities provided to the athletes in Pakistan as compared to other countries.