Dejected Pakistani Paralympic athlete Naeem Masih at the Olympic Park after his 1500m heats – Photo courtesy National Paralympic Committee
Dejected Pakistani Paralympic athlete Naeem Masih at the Olympic Park after his 1500m heats – Photo courtesy National Paralympic Committee

KARACHI: Naeem Masih, one of Pakistan’s two representatives at the London 2012 Paralympics, was unable to qualify for the main round for the men’s 1500m – T46 finals on Saturday.

Masih finished second from last in the heats for the event, with a time of 4.51.35 minutes and 54 seconds behind the top-finisher Samir Nouioua of Algeria.

The 25-year-old from Kasur said he was extremely dejected at his failure to progress but officials of the Pakistani Paralympic team backed him to improve his performance.

“Naeem Masih came to us two months ago and started training for the Paralympics, so it was a big challenge for him,” officials told Dawn.com from London.

“We have very high hopes from him for the upcoming Paralympic events. We are going to provide him the opportunity to train and be ready in time for the second Asian Para Games in 2014 to be held in South Korea.”

Masih, who had been running on muddy fields of rural Punjab before signing up with the National Paralympic Committee, found the track at London’s Olympic Park very hard – a problem that other Paralympic athletes have also complained about at the Games.

“When you have been running on muddy fields and then on the old, worn out tracks we have in Pakistan, it comes as a big shock to your body when you run on hard and new tracks,” officials explained.

Pakistan’s hopes for a Paralympic medal are now pinned on their Beijing 2008 hero Haider Ali, who will participate in two events. His first, the 100m – T38 race is scheduled for later tonight (2105 BST) while the second, the long jump, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5.

Officials confirmed that while Haider is set to participate in the 100m race tonight, he will not be competing for a medal, as he wants to maintain full fitness for the long jump.


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Sana Butt
September 3, 2012 11:41 am
Naeem Masih, we are proud of you! Sportmen never give. You must rise for the next games and thumbs up for trying this time. I look forward to meeting you in Bradford.
Aziz
September 2, 2012 11:09 am
Naeem Masih, Despite your failure your fellow-countrymen and women are still proud of you for trying. Keep trying and Insha-Allah you will succeed. Pakistan National Paraolympic Committee also needs to be commended for selecting him and providing the opportunity to compete
Ghalib Khan
September 2, 2012 11:03 am
Best of luck , Don't give up , we are proud of you.
Nasser Ali Khan
September 2, 2012 6:31 pm
Congratulations to Naeem Masih to be able to represent Pakistan in paralympics. There is no shame or regret in failure; there would be shame and regret in giving up. So keep up the hard work and Inshallah you shall succeed in the next Olympics and thereafter too. The nation's hopes and duas are with you.
Zia
September 2, 2012 5:15 am
better luck next time bro....... keep on working, we are proud of you.....
Nabila Waseem-Saeed
September 3, 2012 5:47 pm
What an amazing effort for someone coming with such a limited time in training and from a country with poor training facilities...I jus hope and pray that the Paralympic committe for Pakistan take heed and provide this young and talented athlete the facilities to succeed in the future.
human
September 3, 2012 5:48 am
Well done Masih.We are proud of you. It is not the matter of winning or losing, it is the spirit with which you represented the country.Salute to your highest degree of spirit and the belief you had in GOD. We should take lesson from you.If proper facility is provided to you and you have enough time to practice, INSHAALLAH you will win medal next time. Keep it up.
Riaz Murtaza
September 2, 2012 2:38 am
My best wishes and good luck to Naeem Masih. He is star of Pakistani team. He will show much better performance in the next games, inshallah.
Amna
September 2, 2012 3:34 pm
Naeem Masih, Do not loose hope, you were there to represent your country. You did really well.We are proud of your standing!
Ahmed
September 2, 2012 6:25 am
Dude...Always remember that not failure but low aim is a crime..so keep working hard Insha ALLAH next time you will Succeed
Fajar
September 2, 2012 8:18 am
Naeem Masih, we are proud of you. You represented Pakistan. Winning and losing is the part of the game. No problem. Gold next time.
bharat
September 1, 2012 7:06 pm
Well said.Spirit and true sportsmanship of person is more important then hitting gold or silver medal at Olympics. I bow to this person and wish him all luck of world for next Olympic
ali
September 1, 2012 8:51 pm
Naseem masih gave it a good try and failed because of lack of facilities, with better facilities he will do well in future.
Khalid
September 1, 2012 4:04 pm
We are proud of you Naeem Masih. The whole Pakistani nation is. But the problem is with the organisers. People prepare for these events 4 years in advance. What gave them so much confidence in their abilities that they could make Naeem a paralympic hero???
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