Pakistani athlete Rabia Ashiq exercises in a training session at the Sport Complex in Islamabad. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan’s talented athlete Rabiq Ashiq who will be competing in the 800 metres competition at the London Olympics, scheduled for Aug 8, has received a major boost with her recent sponsorship contract.

Rabia was selected to participate in the Olympics through wildcard and is hoping to make an impact in the challenging event at the Games scheduled for next week.

Rabia said that although she will strive hard for the medals, this opportunity alone of competing in the world’s top sports extravaganza is a dream come true.

“Girls should educate themselves and realise their dreams through hard work and persistence. Nothing is impossible,” she said prior to her departure for London.

Hailing from a modest background, Rabia had to face discouragement from her immediate and extended family initially but her passion drove her to continue taking part in sports at school and college level.

Recognising her tenacity, Zong a leading cellular company has decided to sponsor the athlete for her participation in the world’s foremost sports competition.

“Rabia is an epitome of courage and an excellent example for the world to see that with minimal resources there can still be success stories of women who are willing to dream. Even if the society is not ready to support, a person can change everyone’s perception through his or her consistent efforts,” said an official.—Agencies


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Surryia Mahmood
Aug 01, 2012 11:20am
Thanks to Zong for sponcership of Rabia. may your business thrive. The other businesses also should follow and spencer our talented youths in different field .We have a lot of talent in our remote areas. they are Hidden Gems. When the children migrate to England the children who do well in school skill wise, with logic and creativity are from our villages and Urdu medium schools.Some have never been to school their Maths and logic perfect . They only lack English which we teachers fill the gap very quickly not like Pakistani teaching making an issue of learning languages. Any one can learn any language . well done Rabia. We all pray for you to win . just think that you can do it and KISI SAY KAM NAHI. We in London will be supporting you
Zman
Aug 01, 2012 03:05pm
ironically..."go ______ go" means something else in Pakistan :)
Mr.T
Aug 01, 2012 10:31am
that's some good news, sponsor role is very important, i hope she wins and then sponsor will promote other athletes too.
akbar malik
Aug 02, 2012 10:18am
It would be a good idea for the Sponsors to finance the athletes over a long period of time in many national and international events plus sponsor coaches for them too so as to have a long term grooming effect on Pakistan sports.
Sameer Awan
Aug 01, 2012 12:41pm
Well she did not get the wild card entry for Olympics and that is all. Wild Card entry is like an opportunity for athletes and is decided by Olympic Committee and this time they choose the above athlete and as simple as that.
Syed
Aug 01, 2012 08:33am
Go Rabia Go! We are with you!
Mohsin Aftab
Aug 01, 2012 08:39am
Insha allah you will win I'll prayer for you from heart.
Ahmed Jan
Aug 01, 2012 09:16am
Does anyone know what happened to the fastest 100m woman in south Asia, Naseem Hameed of Pakistan. Why is she not in any mega event after her appearance in SAF games 2010.
Guest
Aug 01, 2012 08:13pm
She was noticed as a fake sports woman.Hence she disqualified from the events.
Asif
Aug 01, 2012 08:58pm
Good luck sister. Doesnt matter if you win or not. Just try your best.
nabeel
Aug 01, 2012 09:30pm
Well Rabia i wish u all the best, go and give your 100 percent and don't worry about the result, the nation and everybody would be proud of you inshallah, its a big achievement representing your country
Azam Chowdhry
Aug 02, 2012 12:13am
Our full support and prayers are with you Rabia. Please do your best and Insha Allah you will be rewarded.
Yawar
Aug 02, 2012 01:55am
who was faster Naseem or Rabia?
Arman Hashmi
Aug 02, 2012 03:14am
As a nation we need to voice our support and stand behind her, regardless of how she fares up in the event.
Aamir Aziz
Aug 02, 2012 04:16am
I am very happy for Rabia Ashiq and wish her the best of luck!!!! Go Pakistan!!!!
ahmet abdulaziz
Aug 02, 2012 05:42am
it is a very big moral boost for the female pakistani athletes
Ajmal
Aug 05, 2012 10:44am
Does anyone know what happened to the fastest 100m woman in south Asia, Naseem Hameed of Pakistan. Why is she not in any mega event after her appearance in SAF games 2010.