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Anum Bandey and Israr Hussain: Pakistan's designated swimmers at the London 2012 Olympic Games - Photo courtesy Pakistan Swimming Federation
Anum Bandey and Israr Hussain: Pakistan's designated swimmers at the London 2012 Olympic Games - Photo courtesy Pakistan Swimming Federation

KARACHI: Pakistan is set to make waves in the Olympic pool after two of its swimmers received confirmation to participate in the Olympic Games, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) on Friday.

The international body for aquatic sports, FINA, has selected Anum Bandey and Israr Hussain of Pakistan on the basis of their performance in the 14th FINA World Championships, held in Shanghai last year. The allotment has been made on the ‘Universality Places,’ berths reserved for countries whose athletes are unable to qualify for the Games.

Husain, who clocked 57.69 seconds in Shanghai, will participate in the 100-metre freestyle heats. Bandey, who set a new national record at 5 minutes and 37.11 seconds, will feature in the 400-metre individual medley at the London Games.

Bandey will look to improve on the performance of her predecessor Kiran Khan, who represented Pakistan at the Games in Beijing in 2008. She will be the third Pakistani female swimmer to make waves at the Games after Khan and Rubab Raza, who made Olympic history for Pakistan by becoming the country’s first female Olympic swimmer at Athens in 2004.

Hussain was named the best male athlete at last year’s National Swimming Championship in Islamabad.

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Shahid Jun 08, 2012 08:53pm
Congrats, best of luck for the Olympics.
Osman Jun 12, 2012 05:55am
Ali - I agree that Kiran Khan is the best female swimmer in Pakistan. However, neither Kiran nor Anum can qualify for the Olympics since they are both below Olympic qualifying times. As such, it is the Olympics committee and FINA (this is what I understand) who decide which contestant gets a wild card entry to help support the sport in Pakistan. Since Kiran Khan already got a wild card in previous Olympics, she cannot be given a wild card again. She has to now qualify by meeting the minimum standards herself. I am willing to bet that Lianna Swan will be the next Pakistani female swimmner who will either qualify on her own or get a wild card entry for 2016 Olympics.
Ali Jun 10, 2012 10:06pm
This is Unfair!!! Kiran Khan is the National champion. She won 11 golds at the National Level. Anam Bandey just has one record but Kiran Khan has a number of records and a better record then the UK born swimmer Anam Bandey who has just bribed the secretary of swimming federation to get in for London... This is totally unfair. Bandey has never participated in any National Games like Kiran Khan who is our top record holder and Current National Champion. Shame on the the Federation Secretary Major Majid who had got bribed.
shereen Jul 15, 2012 09:07pm
Anum has actually broken Kirans record so is entitled to take her place...and unless u have proof of any bribery allegations u should keep your comments to yourself as they are highly slanderous.
Hasan Jul 26, 2012 10:18am
Who is Lianna Swan? Can she actually qualify rather than getting a wild card entry?
NASAH (USA) Jun 09, 2012 12:30am
May be these two swimmers will compensate for what Pakistan lost in hockey.
Irfan Butt Jun 09, 2012 02:14am
Good luck Anum and Israr. May Allah swt grant you much success!
Saadia Jun 09, 2012 08:25am
Good luck Anum and Israr!
Altaf Jun 10, 2012 11:00am
Good luck you could do with a lot more athletes than just relying on Hockey players to supply a medal
Osman Jun 11, 2012 05:48am
It makes me feel really proud to hear about the two athletes getting picked. While I don't even know of them and I am so happy, I cannot imagine how glad their parents and family must feel for seeing their children getting the chance to represent Pakistan at the Olympics. What an amazing honour!! :) Well done to both and best of luck.
rashid Jul 30, 2012 08:18am
INSHA ALLAH israr jete ga
anonymus Aug 14, 2012 12:53am