A young Pakistani athlete, Sarooj Sajid, had won a gold medal for table tennis in the prestigious Saudi Games 2022. The biggest national sporting event of the kingdom, the games were launched under the Vision 2030 program which, among other things, also places significant emphasis on sports and physical activities to produce a new generation of athletes.
Two Pakistani players — pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and all-rounder Shadab Khan, have been shortlisted for the T20 World Cup 2022 Player of the Tournament award. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has nominated nine exceptional performers for the award. Shadab is the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shaheen for Pakistan with 10 wickets in hand in the mega tournament.
Pakistani wrestlers fought well at the Asian Mas-Wrestling Championship to bag two silver and two bronze medals for the country. Held under the auspices of International Mas-Wrestling Federation w.e.f 3-7 November, 2022 at Almalyk, Uzbekistan, 7 Asian Countries participated and Pakistan was represented by 20 athletes. Pakistan’s Talal Anser, Muhammad Asim, Azher Ali and Shanza Riasat won in their respective categories.
Veteran all-rounder Nida Dar was on Monday named the Women’s Player of the Month for October by the International Cricket Council (ICC), owing to her performances during the Women’s Asia Cup. India’s Virat Kohli, on the hand, bagged the Men’s Player of the Month award following a series of star performances during the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Naseebullah khan has made the nation proud by winning gold medal at the Kyrgyzstan Open 2022. Naseeb won gold by defeating his opponent from Kyrgyzstan and won first position. Currently, a student of FSc, Naseeb has trained hard to achieve this feat. He is trained in SK kickboxing, Sanda and MMA international academy.
Pakistan’s emerging MMA star, Eman ‘Falcon’ Khan has brought honor to her country. Eman has won a bronze medal in the flyweight category (56.7 Kg) in the 2022 Asian Championships being held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Earlier this year in July, Eman was bitten by a dog which led to a back injury. However, Eman fought strong and brought home the medal.
Gulfam Joseph wins Pakistan their first quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics as he finished sixth at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Championships 10m air pistol men’s event in Cairo, Egypt. The 22-year-old has ensured at least one directly qualified place at the 2024 Olympics, and he is proving to be one of the most consistent athletes for Pakistan now.
Pakistan’s 11-year-old squash player Mahnoor has made the nation proud by being crowned champion of the 18th Penang Junior Open 2022 in Malaysia. The teenager beat Malaysia’s Avantikashrii Seenivasagam by 3-0 in the final to get her hands on the glittering trophy. The one-sided competition saw Mahnoor winning three straight sets by 11-4, 11-1, and 11-3.
54-year-old professor, Muhammad Akram Khan Niazi, from Bhakkar has won bronze medal in 2022 Veterans World Wrestling Championships. The championship was held in Bulgaria where Akram Khan Niazi won bronze in Freestyle 130 kg category. He has now expressed hope to win Gold for Pakistan in Jordan next year. Niazi won the bronze by claiming 3 wins and 6 losses in the championship.
Pakistani women are no short of talent. For the first time in history, a three-member women’s equestrian team claimed a bronze medal for the country in the recently held women’s tent pegging grand Prix championship which took place in Jordan. This was Pakistan’s first women team ever to play internationally and won the competition to come third from 14 countries around the globe.