Khadija and Shafaq Dar goal to win gold medal for Pakistan in weightlifting

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  • “We’re making ready ourselves for the South Asian Video games and I’m assured that I can win the gold medal for Pakistan,” says Shafaq Dar.
  • Coach Muhammad Islam Natiq, who has coached the likes of Talha Talib, is assured that Dar Sisters can do wonders for the nation.
  • For Dar Sisters, the presence of Talha on the academy is morale-boosting.

The story of the Indian wrestling sensations, the “Phogat sisters”, was applauded globally after Geeta and Babita gained Gold medals in Commonwealth Video games. The story additionally impressed Indian actor Aamir Khan to supply “Dangal” – a film that made round $350 million.

Whereas the Poghat sisters emerged from the Balali district of Haryana in India, two different ladies dwelling at a distance of 450km distance from Balali in Pakistan’s Gujranwala are additionally working to fulfil their father’s desires.

Khadija Dar, 15, and Shafaq Dar, 16, are daughters of the previous nationwide weightlifter and coach Waheed Dar – who all the time needed his subsequent era to do properly in weightlifting — the game that he beloved.

“I don’t have a son, so my daughters are taking ahead my dream and I’m totally supportive of them. I’m proud to see them coaching and really hopeful and assured of their success,” Dar advised NEWSONHY.television.

Khadija and Shafaq have been initially educated by their father however attributable to Waheed’s skilled commitments, each the sisters joined the Star Weightlifting Academy in Gujranwala – the identical academy the place Olympian Talha Talib receives coaching. The Dar sisters are additionally coached by Muhammad Islam Natiq – the coach and father of Talha.

The game of weightlifting, regardless of some nice achievements in previous, remained in oblivion however a current efficiency by Talha Talib on the Tokyo Olympics has given hope to everybody, together with the Dar Sisters, that weightlifting will now be recognised within the nation.

For the Dar Sisters, the presence of Talha on the academy is morale-boosting.

“I’m coaching with Talha Talib within the academy and being a teen, I’ve seen his laborious work and methods, he’s all the time round to information us as properly, which boosts my confidence,” Shafaq advised NEWSONHY.television.

“Talha is my splendid athlete, his laborious work and dedication in direction of sport encourage us so much,” she added.

“The best way he was supported by the federal government following the Tokyo Olympics, I’m very assured that weightlifting will now be appreciated by the nation at each stage,” echoed Khadija, Shafaq’s youthful sister.

Each Shafaq and Khadija imagine that they’ve inherited this sport from their father and so they’re made to turn out to be profitable in weightlifting.

“My father was a weightlifter and I grew up watching him play this sport and watching him raise the heaviest weights inspired me to choose this sport as properly. I imagine that it’s my responsibility to take his legacy to the subsequent stage,” Shafaq mentioned.

“My dad was my first coach, our preliminary coaching began at residence after which we joined the membership the place sir Islam is our coach, he’s additionally my first splendid on this sport,” Khadija mentioned.

Each the women have already began competing on the nationwide stage representing completely different departments and have displayed their abilities, nevertheless, they’ve larger targets to attain, for themselves and for the nation.

Shafaq and Khadija have their eyes set on the subsequent South Asian Video games and are working laborious to arrange themselves for the occasion.

“To be a prime weightlifter, you must work actually laborious and study out of your seniors. Should you’re working laborious then there’s nothing that may cease you,” mentioned Khadija Dar.

“We’re making ready ourselves for the South Asian Video games and I’m assured that I can win the gold medal for Pakistan,” mentioned her elder sister Shafaq.

Their coach Muhammad Islam Natiq, who has coached the likes of Talha Talib, is assured that Dar Sisters can do wonders for the nation however added that they’ll want steady assist from the authorities.

“They’ve showcased superb dedication and dedication in direction of weightlifting, I’m very a lot impressed and assured that these ladies can win medals for Pakistan in future. I’m very a lot hoping that they’ll be on the rostrum in the course of the subsequent South Asian Video games,” mentioned Islam.

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