Badminton In Pakistan
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Every country has it’s own specialization in different types of games. Different countries support and promote different games in their country to come up with the young enthusiastic talent and compete with the other countries internationally.
Every nation has their dream to become the international winner and introduce themselves as a Champion, that is why whenever a tournament or World Championship is held, the nation becomes united and support their respective player or team in a well enthusiastic manner to back up the team. Same is the case with Pakistan.
Pakistan has good name and reputation in different games especially in Cricket, Hockey, Snooker, Squash. But unfortunately Pakistan couldn’t get through in Badminton at International level.
Some of the problems caused due to Government matters, financial support and some other crisis. The main reason of Badminton loss in Pakistan is lacking Badminton clubs and coaches.
GEO Sports | Pakistan cannot participate in World Badminton Championship August 04, 2009 :
Players of the Pakistan badminton team cannot take part in the World Badminton Championship, to be held in India, due to their demotion in world ranking.
The World Badminton Championship will be held in Indian city of Hyderabad Deccan from August 10 to 16.
Senior vice president of Pakistan Badminton Federation Syed Naqi Mohsin told Geo News that ranking of Rizwan Azam and Mohammad Ateeq in doubles was 62 while ranking of Wajid Ali in singles was 106 but these players could not participate in any international contest due to non-availability of funds for the last five months due to which their ranking fell to 170 and 250, respectively and now they have become ineligible for taking part in the World Championship.
Pakistan Badminton Federation:
Pakistan Badminton Federation was formed in 1953. Mr. Sultan F. Hussain was the first Secretary General and Nawab Mamdot first President of Pakistan Badminton Federation, participated in first Thomas Cup 1954, when it beat Sri Lanka 9-0.
Shamshad Ali, Lateef Gania, Irshad Ahmad, Menen Soares, Saeed Malik and Rustam arucha represented Pakistan. Later Prominent Pakistan Badminton players were Nazir Rajput, Akram Beg, Masood Khan, S. Naqi Mohsin, Salah ud din and Fazal Haq.
In the Ladies Elsie Hunt, Talat Sultana, Nighat Sultana, Ismat Saeed and Ghazala Wadood were prominent players having won the titles a number of times.
The golden period of Badminton was when S. Naqi Mohsin took over as Secretary General in 1973. During his period Pakistan Badminton Team put up the best ever performance in 1974 Asian Games held in Tehran, Iran. Pakistan beat Japan 3-0 and Korea 3-1 and reached the semifinals. Japan and Korea were considered Badminton Giants.
Hassan Shaheed and Javed Iqbal were sent by PBF to participate in four European International Tournaments, where they reached the quarter finals in Men's Doubles. Hassan Shaheed beat European champion in All England championships.
Tariq, Wadood, undoubtedly the best Badminton player of Pakistan was sent to peoples Republic of China with the Pakistan Badminton team. Later on Tariq Wadood reached the finals in the Badminton championship held in Beijing China in 1978.
Mr. S. Naqi Mohsin was elected Vice President, Asian Badminton Confederation and was elected member Executive Council of International Badminton Federation in 1975, the only Pakistani to achieve this distinction.
Unfortunately with the change in PBF office bearers, the tempo could not be maintained and the standard declined to such an extend that Pakistan Badminton Team slipped 120 in World Ranking.
In July 2002, the new Badminton Federation came into being with Saiyed Mohib Asad as its President and Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri as its Secretary General.
S. Naqi Mohsin was elected as Senior vice President. It was with the combined efforts of these gentlemen, that a new spirit was infused in the game. During the short period of two years, Pakistan Badminton players were sent to participate in Eight International Tournament. Six All Pakistan Ranking, Tournament and two Nationals were held with cash prizes of over one hundred thousand rupees in each tournament.
Saiyed Mohib Asad and Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri were elected President and Secretary General of South East Asian Badminton Federation.
Wajid Ali and Asma Butt are the current National Champions. Other prominent players are Omer Zeeshan, Ahsan Qamar, Muhammad Waqas Ahmad, Tahir Ishaque, Ashraf Masih and Rizwan Asghar Rana in Men and Ayesha Akram, Usma Butt, Farzana Saleem and Saima Manzoor in Ladies.
Ayesha Akram won Bronze medal in Ladies Singles of First Islamic countries International Tournament held in Tehran in January 2005. Rizwan Azam and Sara Khan are the National Junior Champions in Boys and Girls.
As a Pakistani and badminton lover i consider myself a bit unlucky citizen who can’t get enough to become at the upper level of badminton, who can’t fulfill his utmost desire of international Badminton player, who can just watch other players playing Badminton. At times i thought “What if i was born in China”.