Quetta’s Shahida wins the first gold medal for Pakistan at South Asian Games
Shahida Abbasi has won a gold medal in karate at the International South Asian Games in Nepal.
Shahida belongs to the persecuted Hazara community of Balochistan.
“I had to hear a lot of things and I was forced to quit playing,” Shahida Abbasi
“I do not want any girl to give up her dreams due to social pressures”, she added.
Pakistan’s Shahida Abbasi secures the first gold medal for Pakistan in International South Asian Games in Nepal. She represented the country in Karate.
Athletes from Pakistan and six other countries are taking part in the 13th South Asian Games, taking place in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
Shahida Abbasi expressed great joy at winning the Gold Medal.
“This is my first gold medal and I am so happy,” Shahida Abbasi.
Shahida belongs to the persecuted Hazara community of Balochistan. She first started playing Karate in 2005.
Shahida said her family and teachers played a significant role in her success.
“The family has always supported me, especially my father.”
However, the behavior of the people around him was disappointing, as expected.
“I had to hear a lot of things and I was forced to quit playing,” Shahida.
She further added, “But with the support of my father, mother, and siblings, I did not give up”. Shahida said that he responded to people’s words with more diligence and work.
Shahida further said, “I do not want any girl to give up her dreams due to social pressures”.
Shahida described her experience in the South Asian Games saying it was the toughest competition of her life.
“The Safe Games were the toughest, and I wasn’t sure I would win the gold medal,” Shahida Abbasi.
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