Pakistan’s Badminton talent Khizra Rasheed – Daily Notable
By Dr Attaulwadood
Only through youth we can guarantee our future. The prosperity of a country can be indicated or analyzed by seeing the statics /trends of its youth. Undoubtedly, Pakistan is blessed with gems both, graphically likewise, talent.
I believe in youth and hence strongly agree that if we want a prosperous country, we should strengthen our youth.
It happened to me that I went to Islamabad regarding professional duties. Out of the blue, I went to Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and there I met Pakistan’s talented, shining Star Khizra Rasheed Badminton player.
This movement proved a blessing. That’s where she started her professional badminton career.
In a reply about her professional badminton career, she said that her mother Riffat Yasmin used to play badminton. To list she added, her mother used to watch her playing in the complex.
She used to see Rizwan Azam playing there. His enthusiasm, vitality and toughness inspired her a lot.
2008 changed her life. In short, her mother was diagnosed with fatal disease, as a result of which she (her mother) left the world. Losing her mother was such a traumatizing moment for her.
To divert her attention and get rid of depression she changed her routine. Thus, she chose to play badminton.
Her passion and eagerness towards Badminton took not much time to prove herself. As a matter of fact, within few months coaches asked her to play professional badminton.
By 2015, she participated in SAF games which held in India. It was such an honor to represent Pakistan at International level.
In the SAF games she was able to win Bronze medal for Pakistan, in the doubles event with partner Sidra Hameed.
Moreover, she participated in Satelitte International tournament, in 2006. The tournament held in Islamabad. She brilliantly qualified for the finals in doubles event.
But unfortunately, in the finals she lost the match and declared as runner-up with partner Sidra Hameed, a very talented player.
In 2017, she participated in Satellite International tournament again. She remained runner-up of the doubles event with partner, Palwasha Bashir.
She says sports are not child’s play. One has to work day in and day out to achieve worthy things.
An Arabic quotation meaning states, “whosoever desires to achieve a goal he must stay focused even during dark nights”.
Some people think that playing sports is a cup of tea, let me clear them. It is not very easy so you should appreciate players and especially women.
Till the present age, our society doesn’t welcome women to participate in sports.
As far as my opinion matters, it is very moderate belief. We must bring change among ourselves to prove the world that we are no lesser than the developed nations.
Lack of skillful coaches
The problems which she faced during her training’s as a professional badminton player, she said. In particular, there are no organized training camps for the players.
Downheartedly, there isn’t a single academy of international standards.
Accordingly, coaches too aren’t available from where players can enhance there techniques. Therefore, basic issues should be resolved if we want to provide good and better infrastructure to our players.
Capital Badminton Club
Dr Ashfaq Ahmed Bajwa has started Capital Badminton club Islamabad which was build 3-4 years ago. He is promoting games.
Moreover, he and his team are organizing training camps in individual’s capacity. These are the people who are lovers of the game.
Unfortunately, in our country it is not possible for Ashfaq Bajwa to provide every player with best atmosphere.
For this purpose, Government and Sports Board has to take actions to provide best atmosphere. In fact, such atmosphere will enable players to enhance their performance.