Haider Ali Wins Pakistan’s First-Ever Paralympic Gold Medal

Haider Ali has won the first ever Paralympic gold medal for Pakistan.Pakistan’s all-round para-athlete – Haider Ali – has, yet again, created history at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Friday by winning a gold medal in the F37 discus throw competition.

Haider Ali’s throw of 55.26 metres in his fifth attempt earned him and Pakistan the first ever gold medal at the Paralympics. Ukraine’s Zhabnyak took the silver medal home with a throw of 52.43 metres. The bronze medal was won by Brazil’s Teixeira de Souza with a 51.86 throw.

Its not the first time that Haider Ali has did the nation proud, he also won Pakistan’s first ever Paralympic games medal. The 36-year-old won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China.

Old Tale of Lack of Facilities:

Just like other Pakistani athletes who have been participating in different competitions across the world, Haider Ali also didn’t have the proper training facilities prior to the tournament.

Government officials, who waste no time in taking credit for the hard earned success of the athletes, also didn’t do much to facilitate their departure for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Media Director Huma Beg had stated that the tickets for the athletes were booked just a few days before the mega event.

Although, all the preparations were done by the athletes and some officials but eventually Punjab Government helped in facilitating the tickets.

“Training was a challenge, but when there came a time to participate in the completion, we faced so many issues to get to Tokyo alone. These were issues from the government,” Ali Haider had said.

Before Ali, two other Pakistani athletes – Talha Talib and Arshad Nadeem – faced similar difficulties. The lack of basic training facilities and support from government have been the hurdle in stopping the Pakistani athletes from finishing at the top of the table.

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