We are proud of you, Naseem Hameed, South Asia’s fastest woman

Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed has created history by becoming the fastest woman of the region when she won the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Games.

Daughter of Pakistan

The 22-year-old from Karachi clocked 11.81seconds, 0.12seconds ahead of Sri Lanka’s Pramila Priyadarshani, to bag her first gold medal before a strong crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Wearing national green tights, she led the field among the eight runners after her easy qualification for the finals.

“I had forgotten the world for six months and trained really very, very hard under my coach Maqsood Ahmed to achieve this,” Naseem Hameed said. “It is a great moment for me to have brought glory to the country in my event after the poor showing by our national cricket team and

especially since our athletics standards have been poor of late,” she added.

“I hope my performance will inspire the young athletes to become professionals.”

Both 100-metre results turned out to be upsets as Shehan Saearuwan of Sri Lanka toppled India’s Abdul Najeeb Qureshi who had previously won the 200-metre event.

Meanwhile, for Naseem Hameed to win the 100-metre sprint was a historic moment as no Pakistani woman had achieved this feat in 26-year history of the regional games.

Naseem Hameed returned home to Karachi on Thursday after winning the 100-metre sprint event at the South Asian Games in Dhaka.

Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Chief Lt.Gen (Rtd) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated Naseem for her historic performance and announced a one-lakh-rupee (Rs.100,000) cash prize for her remarkable achievement.

Pakistan quartet of Naseem, Javaria Hassan, Nazia Nazir and Sadaf Siddiqui won the women’s 4×100 relay race by covering the distance in 47.16 seconds. India took the gold and Bangladesh silver medal.


Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed, now the fastest woman in South Asia, with her proud parents.

Her father Hameed told Geo TV on Tuesday that he is an illiterate man and does not know much but only prays for her daughter and helps her and his other children in their education. Her mother has great contribution in her achievement, he said.

“Naseem had great fondness for the game and adored it from infancy. Our relatives were against her stance to come to the field of sports but it was her willpower which helped her stick to the game and attain such a success,” Naseem mother said. “She is a son for me and I always pray for her,” her mother, who broke into tears, said.

Her sister, Annie, who is a football player, said, players have to do everything on their own to succeed, as the authorities do not properly support them.

After her brilliant performance, Naseem now feels that her feat will definitely add to her responsibility.

“Definitely, after such an achievement, the pressure builds and it will certainly add to my responsibility but I will try to face all the pressure and will struggle to make my career more healthy,” the proud athlete said.

Geo TV’s report on Naseem Hameed


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  1. Senate recommends civil award, job for fastest Naseem Hameed

    Muhammad Arsahd

    Islamabad—Paying a glowing tribute winner of 100 meters race the Senate on Wednesday called for the government to honour Naseem Hameed for being the fastest woman in South Asia with civil award as well as job along with professional training.

    The Upper House of the Parliament also unanimously demanded of the government to make all possible efforts to bring about revolutionary changes in the living standards of her family, because her family was living below the poverty line in a single room house in Karachi.

    Senator Raza Rabbani, while speaking on a point of order, sought permission to present a resolution to pay glowing tribute to the national flag hoister at Dhaka for her showing excellence in the field of sport.

    Chairman Farooq H Naek suspended the rules of business and permitted Raza Rabbani to move the resolution. Speaking on the occasion, Raza Rabbani said that wining of gold medal by a daughter was welcoming, but she belonged too poor to keep gold medal at her house. “So immediate efforts were need of the time for improving her living standard along with provision of job and professional training to better her sport” he observed.

    He moved the resolution which said that the Seante recommended the outstanding performance of a Pakistani athlete namely Ms. Naseem Hameed in the 11th South Asian Games held at Dhaka. Naseem Hameed the fastest woman of South Asia, a tremendous achievement, but what required praise, support and appreciation were the fact that she hailed from a family living below the poverty line.

    “Attaining such heights in a field of support which requires training and good health in her particular circumstances where in her entire family resides in one room in Karachi highly commendable. This also reflects the fat that the working classes of Pakistani when determined can scale insurmountable heights” the resolution stated.

    It further said that in the prevailing circumstances the poor daughter of Pakistan had done the nation proud so the Senate called upon the Federal Government to take measures including provision of job to her in any autonomous, semi-autonomous body or corporation like PIA etc, training programe for showing potential for further such wins if properly trained, bestow a civil award along with a patch of land (plot).

    Leader of the Opposition Senator Wasim Sajjad demanded of the government to set up a fund to encourage players. He said that government should restrict its interference in selection of players and entire activity of selection be executed by selection committees freely and independently.

    It will be great source of inspiration and encouragement of players for the future if government pays attention to resolution presented by Raza Rabbani and takes steps to encourage her” he added.

    Senator Ishaque Dar said that government should make an announcement that every winning player would be honoured with prize as it would encourage other players too to demonstrate animal spirits in international tournaments and events.

    At this Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati said that Naseem Hameed was national pride so he would provide maximum financial assistance in her professional training and other affairs. Meanwhile, Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) is content with the performance of country’s athletes in the 11th South Asian Games and will give cash prizes and awards to medal winners, Secretary of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), Khlaid Mehmood said on Wednesday.


  2. South Asian Games – India dominates, but Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed steals the show

    Chandrika Subashini of Sri Lanka celebrates winning a 200/400 double at the South Asian Games (Local Organisers)
    Dhaka, Bangladesh – The 11th South Asian Games witnessed only 23 events (15 for men, 8 for women) but quite a few athletes put a memorable show in the four-day athletic competitions which concluded at Dhaka on Tuesday (9 Feb).

    Despite having fielded juniors and second-line athletes, Indian athletes ruled the proceedings at Bangabandhu National Stadium. However they received stiff competition in the form of athletes from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

    What stunned everyone was the impressive show by Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed as she raised from nowhere to fastest woman of the Games’ putting aside the much fancied Sri Lankan sprinters Priyadarshani and Dias to the minor places. Naseem (23), who hails from Rawalpindi, was sixth in the previous edition of the Games held at Colombo in 2006. After a perfect start, the Pakistani army athlete made a gallant effort to clock 11.81 to win the women’s 100m. Her time equaled the national mark held by Sadaf Siddiqui.

    “It is a great moment for me to have brought glory to the country in my event after the poor showing by our national cricket team and especially since our athletics standards have been poor of late. I hope my performance will inspire young athletes to become professionals,” she said after the race.

    Naseem was the third woman from her country to win the athletics gold at South Asian Games after long jumper Shabana Akhtar (1993) and high jumper Rehana Kausar (1999).

    Pakistan in fact started well with its discus thrower Basharat Ali who successfully defended his title on the opening day followed by the golden glow in the men’s 110m Hurdles and Triple jump which were won by Mohsin Ali and Zafar Iqbal respectively.


  3. Now here is the real daughter of Pakistan, instead of the misguided soul we know as Aafia Siddiqui. We are proud of you, Naseem. You are a true Pakistani; you are a true Pakistan.

  4. نسیم اور سارہ کھیلوں کی سفیر مقرر

    عبدالرشید شکور
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، کراچی

    نسیم حمید نے سیف گیمز میں سو میٹر ریس جیتی تھی

    پاکستان کے صدر آصف علی زرداری نے ساؤتھ ایشین گیمز میں طلائی تمغہ جیتنے والی خواتین کھلاڑیوں نسیم حمید اور سارہ ناصر کو کھیلوں کی سفیر کا درجہ دے دیا ہے۔

    اس کے علاوہ صدر نے ان دونوں کے لیے دس دس لاکھ روپے انعام کا اعلان بھی کیا ہے۔

    ایوان صدر میں جمعہ کو ایک خصوصی تقریب میں صدر آصف علی زرداری نے دونوں نوجوان کھلاڑیوں کی کاکردگی کو سراہا اور انہیں زبردست خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان کی اس شاندار کارکردگی سے ملک کا وقار بلند ہوا ہے۔

    اس موقع پر صدر زرداری نے نسیم حمید اور سارہ ناصر کو پاکستان کی کھیلوں کی سفیر مقرر کرنے کا اعلان بھی کیا۔

    یاد رہے کہ نسیم حمید نے ڈھاکہ میں منعقدہ ساؤتھ ایشین گیمز میں سو میٹرز دوڑ جیتی ہے جبکہ سارہ ناصر نے کراٹے میں طلائی تمغہ جیتا ہے۔

    نسیم حمید پہلی پاکستانی خاتون اسپرنٹر ہیں جنہیں کسی بین الاقوامی ایونٹ میں سو میٹرز دوڑ جیتنے کا منفرد اعزاز حاصل ہوا ہے۔ وہ جب جمعرات کو وطن واپس پہنچی تھیں تو ان کا شاندار استقبال کیا گیا تھا ۔

    گورنر سندھ ڈاکٹر عشرت العباد نے نسیم حمید کے لیے پانچ لاکھ روپے انعام کا اعلان کیا ہے اور کہا ہے کہ ان کا نام صدارتی تمغہ برائے حسن کارکردگی کے لیے بھیجا جائے گا۔

    نسیم حمید کراچی کے علاقے کورنگی میں ایک کمرے کے مکان میں رہتی ہیں اور ان کے والد محنت مزدوری کرتے ہیں۔ نسیم حمید قومی مقابلوں میں پاکستان آرمی کی نمائندگی کرتی ہیں۔


  5. Fastest woman
    Saturday, February 13, 2010
    Harris Khalique

    “Your Razia Sultana from Korangi has brought us laurels.” I received an enthusiastic phone call from Mirza Nadeem Baig, an old friend. He is essentially a cricket buff but very disappointed these days by the sharp decline in the performance of the national team. Shahid Afridi’s fall from grace has further embittered him. “What the heck was he doing? Biting the ball or biting the dust?” I found an opportunity to propound my theory of impatience and its corollary, the Twenty20 cricket. It is three things that bring us together as a nation even after being terribly fragmented – one, unending betrayal by our leadership, two, dust and three, impatience. Perhaps impatience is the very reason that makes most Pakistanis fail to remember Hanif Mohammed as the role model who could stay on the crease for days and pile up tons of runs in style. While virtually hit-and-run types like Shahid Afridi are celebrated, who on the one hand grow beards and preach morality to fellow citizens by saying their prayers even on the field, and on the other, bring shame to themselves and their country by cheating and ball-tampering. But impatience is reflected everywhere, both in our social attitudes and in the political understanding of events in a nascent democracy like ours.

    Cricket is a game of patience and it is ironic that a society which is addicted to cricket is so impatient. Many years ago, arch journalist Zafar Iqbal Mirza (Lahori), himself a cricket enthusiast, commented on the criticism on test cricket from some quarters, who were promoting short, limited-over matches as the only worthwhile form of the game. I recall that he wrote in his popular column in a national newspaper that test cricket is like classical music. It doesn’t need approval of those who sing in other genres. But tests we lose uninterruptedly while being world champions of Twenty20 matches. When 600 shots are made each day, one random boundary could make the short-sighted rulers proffer gold coins to the performers.

    Every other sport is neglected in Pakistan including the so-called national game of hockey and the most popular international sport football. Athletics, swimming and some other sports are faster and have a different feel about them. But every sport requires a lot of patience and concentration in players when they prepare, practise and work out. It is tough to be an athlete, a sprinter, a marathon runner, a cyclist or a boxer. Time is spent on physical training and inculcating the correct mental attitude. The Pakistani state has offered limited resources for educating its children and young people or for their physical and emotional wellbeing through investing in culture and sports.

    In this scenario, it must have taken so much for a young woman from Korangi’s working-class neighbourhood of Karachi to rise up and become the fastest woman of South Asia. Naseem Hameed, 22, made us all proud by winning the gold for hundred-metre sprint in the South Asian games held at Dhaka. She and her coach Maqsood Ahmed deserve praise for the glory they have brought to this nation. Some other colleagues of Naseem in the Pakistan contingent also performed well and must have shamed the more celebrated, overrated and overpaid cricketers. Many years ago, I wrote a poem on the life of an industrious working woman from Korangi and titled it Razia Sultana because to me such women are our real queens and princesses. Baig remembered that poem when rejoicing at Naseem’s feat.

    The writer is a poet and advises national and international institutions on governance and public policy issues. Email: harris@ spopk.org


  6. Rise, Pakistani women

    Sunday, February 14, 2010
    Ghazi Salahuddin

    How fast can a Pakistani woman run? Well, among other things, this mainly depends on whether she is allowed to take the field. We can be certain about her potential, though, irrespective of the burdens she carries in our socially oppressive society. Even today, there are areas in Pakistan where women are forced to live as the prisoners of a primitive way of life.

    But then we also have Naseem Hameed – right now the fastest woman in South Asia. She won a gold medal in the 100-metre race in the 11th South Asian Games held in Dhaka. She was given a rousing welcome when she returned home, to Karachi, few days back. Coming almost out of nowhere, she has become a celebrity.

    What we need to celebrate is not just the fact that a female Pakistani athlete has triumphed in a sporting competition. The real story here is about who she actually is and where she comes from. We should be grateful to the news channels and the manner in which they have followed this human interest story that the entire country has virtually met Naseem’s parents and seen her one-room home in Korangi.

    In that sense, it rather seems like a fairytale with Naseem being the Cinderella of Korangi and an inspiration for other girls like her who belong to relatively poor families and who long to prove their abilities. The situation would have been a different one if a Pakistani female gold medalist in an athletic competition had come from a well-to-do and ‘respectable’ family, having been educated in some prestigious private institution.

    It has been said that Naseem is a role model for girls of poor families. This is a valid observation. However, the genuine role models in this story are her parents. They are the ones we should know more about to understand how the almost illiterate and impoverished parents of a girl child were able to encourage her daughter to take to athletics. Her mother, particularly, comes out as a wise and courageous person.

    Do we also have some intimations here of the direction in which the Pakistani society is changing? This is a difficult question to answer. But yes, there should be no doubt about the route that history would compel us to take. It is imperative for progress to liberate and educate women. The religious orthodoxy with which we are so severely afflicted remains an obstacle for the meaningful emancipation of women. Equally problematic are our tribal and feudal norms that strive to relegate women into a state of servility and submission.

    Naseem’s example, however, gives us hope. It is also a reminder that within the huge underclass, there exist great talent and ambition. Beyond the gender issue, the Pakistani youth in itself is a resource that is threatening to become a dangerous liability. It is good that Naseem is now being showered with praise and monetary rewards. The life of her family is bound to change – and this is judicious recompense for the struggle and spirit of Naseem’s parents.

    Nevertheless, we need to raise the question that why, at least a part of this recognition, had not come before Naseem left for Dhaka. Why was she not popularly known as an aspirant to the glory that she finally achieved? Obviously, we do not have a very efficient network of training facilities and talent scouting. It should be noted that excellence in sports is also a measure of a country’s development. The entire process is plugged into the educational system. Look at the medals that different countries win in Olympics. The developed countries remain at the top and we figure almost as low as we do in UNDP’s Human Development Index.

    With this celebration of Naseem’s success, attention was somewhat diverted from another female gold medalist in the South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka. Sara Nasir won her medal in Karate, another evidence of the potential of our women and how it may change their status in society. Still, I think that Naseem’s example is more inspiring and socially momentous. She has risen from the depth of poverty and social injustice.

    Incidentally, I had earlier thought of selecting another subject for this column appearing on February 14. Today, of course, is the Valentine’s Day and the way in which it is being celebrated in Pakistan, with its meretricious commercialism, is another sign of freedom that our young people are stressing for. In this case, changes that have been instituted by technological innovations such as mobile phones and internet have played a large part. Meanwhile, these trends also aggravate conflicts between the orthodox and the supposedly modern factions of our society. Many of our educated, urban young women see today’s rituals as a sign of their empowerment.

    Well, it was actually not the Valentine’s Day that I had in mind to mark this second Sunday of February. The Chinese New Year also begins today. And this time, it is the Year of the Tiger. For a huge population of this world, today is a day of great celebration. The Chinese calendar is lunar and in their astrology, every year is named after an animal, in a cycle of 12 houses of the zodiac.

    Just as the beginning of a Gregorian year, the calendar that rules our secular lives, is marked by forecasts and predictions about everything, there is a rush of predictions about the Year of the Tiger as well. What I found most amusing is that its beginning on the Valentine’s Day is not seen as auspicious for lovers. In fact, it is seen not to be a good year for getting married and there was a rush for tying the knot before today. This year is also called the ‘widow year’.

    Other predictions, too, are not cheerful, though like politicians, soothsayers can be in opposite camps. I noticed this particularly in their predictions about President Obama. One prominent fortune-teller has said, as quoted by a foreign news agency, that fires and explosions are more likely in the coming year. Another asked people to beware of earthquakes, volcanoes and ‘metal-related’ accidents, like car crashes and industrial accidents. The previous Year of the Tiger that was associated with metal was 1950 – the year the Korean War broke out.

    Let me conclude with this forecast by a Hong Kong feng shui advisor: “People will try to take on the strong and help the weak. They will try to help their fellow brothers. They will help friends who are being bullied. This year will be more violent”.

    Does this promise some hope or offers a warning?

    The writer is a staff member. Email: ghazi_salahuddin@hotmail .com


  7. پاکستان گولڈ میڈلسٹ شکوہ کناں

    مناء رانا
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، لاہور

    حکومت نے دو خواتین کو ناصرف کھیلوں کا سفیر مقرر کیا ہے بلکہ ان کے لیے متعدد انعامات کا اعلان بھی کیا گیا

    جنوبی ایشیائی کھیلوں میں گولڈ میڈل لینے والی دو کھلاڑی خواتین کی پذیرائی اور ان پر انعامات کی بارش اور دوسرے گولڈ میڈلسٹ کو نظر انداز کیے جانے پر دیگر میڈلسٹ شکوہ کناں ہیں۔

    سنیچر کو گوجرانوالا میں ریسلنگ، ویٹ لفٹنگ اور جوڈو میں گولڈ اور سلور میڈل لینے والے سات کھلاڑیوں نے ایک پریس کانفرنس میں کہا کہ انہوں نے بھی ملک کا پرچم بلند کرنے کے لیے محنت کی اور میڈلز جیتے لیکن انہیں نہ تو حکومت اور نہ ہی میڈیا کی جانب سے کوئی پزیرائی حاصل ہوئی۔

    لگاتار چار جنوبی ایشیائی کھیلوں میں ریسلنگ میں گولڈ میڈل لینے والے گوجرانوالا کے پہلوان عمر بٹ کا کہنا تھاکہ ان کھلاڑی خواتین کو نوازنا ایک اچھا عمل ہے لیکن ان کھیلوں میں صرف یہی دو گولڈ میڈلز نہیں آئے بلکہ انیس گولڈ میڈل آئے ہیں اور انہوں نے تو چوتھی بار یہ اعزاز حاصل کیا ہے لیکن نہ تو میڈیا نے اور نہ ہی حکومت نے ان کے اس کارنامے کو سراہا ہے۔

    عمر بٹ کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ سارا سال محنت کرتے ہیں کہ اپنے ملک کے لیے تمغہ حاصل کریں لیکن جب کسی بھی جانب سے کوئی پزیرائی نہیں ہوتی تو دل کرتا ہے کہ کھیلنا ہی چھوڑ دیں۔عمر بٹ نے کہا کہ اگر کھلاڑی کے معاشی حالات ہی درست نہیں ہوں گے تو وہ کھیل پر کیا توجہ دے گا۔

    ویٹ لفٹنگ میں گولڈ میڈل لینے والے گوجرانوالا ہی کے عثمان امجد تو عمر بٹ سے بھی زیادہ دل گرفتہ تھے۔ ان کا شکوہ تھا کہ وزیر اعلی پنجاب نے کراچی کی خاتون کو تو مبارک باد دی اور کہا کہ لاہور آنے پر ان کا خوب استقبال ہو گا لیکن ان کے اپنے صوبے پنجاب کے کھلاڑیوں نے گولڈ میڈل لیے انہیں انہوں نے مبارک باد کا پیغام تک نہیں بھیجا۔عثمان امجد کا کہنا ہے کہ ان کی فیڈریشن کے صدر میاں عامر محمود نے ان کا ائیر پورٹ پر اسقبال کرنا تو کجا انہیں مبارک باد کا ایک فون تک نہیں کیا۔

    عثمان امجد کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ اچھی بات ہے کہ ان خواتین کو انعامات سے نوازا گیا لیکن تمام گولڈ میڈل لینے والوں کے ساتھ برابر کا سلوک کیا جانا چاہیے۔ صدر پاکستان نے ان کے لیے دس دس لاکہ روپے کا اعلان کر دیا لیکن ہمارے لیے دو دو لاکھ کا۔ایسا کیوں کیا ہم انہی کھیلوں سے میڈل لے کر نہیں آئے؟

    انہوں نے کہا کہ اگر ہمارے ملک میں ہم سے سوتیلی ماں جیسا رویہ رکھا جائے گا تو ہم کیوں ملک کے اعزاز کے لیے محنت کریں گے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ ایک طرف تو ان خواتین پر انعام و اکرام کی بارش کی جا رہی ہے اور ہمیں کوئی پوچھ بھی نہیں رہا یہ نا انصافی نہیں تو اور کیا ہے۔

    یاد رہے کہ اتھلیٹکس اور کراٹے میں گولڈ میڈل لینے والی دو خواتین کو حکومت نے ناصرف کھیلوں کا سفیر مقرر کیا ہے بلکہ ان دونوں کے لیے متعدد انعامات کا اعلان بھی کیا گیا


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