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

More From This Section

Shahnaz, Manzoor Junior likely to get head coach, chief selector

Olympians Islahuddin and Shahbaz Senior are also expected to be inducted into the PHF Executive Board.

Wounded Barca face Ronaldo-less Real in Copa final

VALENCIA (Spain): A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in...

Pacer Johnson may quit limited-overs games to extend Test

SYDNEY: Australia Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his Test career with an eye on the 2015...

‘Club v country’ debate comes to Pakistan

It is an issue very common in the world of football. And now, it has come to Pakistan.

Comments are closed.

Comments (17)

Surryia Mahmood
August 1, 2012 11:20 am
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
August 1, 2012 3:05 pm
ironically..."go ______ go" means something else in Pakistan :)
August 1, 2012 10:31 am
that's some good news, sponsor role is very important, i hope she wins and then sponsor will promote other athletes too.
akbar malik
August 2, 2012 10:18 am
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
August 1, 2012 12:41 pm
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.
August 1, 2012 8:33 am
Go Rabia Go! We are with you!
Mohsin Aftab
August 1, 2012 8:39 am
Insha allah you will win I'll prayer for you from heart.
Ahmed Jan
August 1, 2012 9:16 am
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.
August 1, 2012 8:13 pm
She was noticed as a fake sports woman.Hence she disqualified from the events.
August 1, 2012 8:58 pm
Good luck sister. Doesnt matter if you win or not. Just try your best.
August 1, 2012 9:30 pm
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
August 2, 2012 12:13 am
Our full support and prayers are with you Rabia. Please do your best and Insha Allah you will be rewarded.
August 2, 2012 1:55 am
who was faster Naseem or Rabia?
Arman Hashmi
August 2, 2012 3:14 am
As a nation we need to voice our support and stand behind her, regardless of how she fares up in the event.
Aamir Aziz
August 2, 2012 4:16 am
I am very happy for Rabia Ashiq and wish her the best of luck!!!! Go Pakistan!!!!
ahmet abdulaziz
August 2, 2012 5:42 am
it is a very big moral boost for the female pakistani athletes
August 5, 2012 10:44 am
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.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page