Wild-card takes Pakistan to London's pools

Published: June 9, 2012

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) gave Israr Hussain and Anum Bandey wild cards based on their performance at the World Championships in Shanghai last year.

KARACHI: Pakistan swimmers will travel to London for this year’s Olympics after the sport’s governing body Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) gave Israr Hussain and Anum Bandey wild cards based on their performance at the World Championships in Shanghai last year.

The Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) had sent three swimmers for the event that served as Olympic qualifiers and while they failed to gain direct entry, Fina rewarded Israr and Anum for their decent show.

“It’s a great opportunity for both swimmers and we’re proud that they made their way to London,” PSF Secretary Majid Waseem told The Express Tribune. “Both are very capable. Anum is young and Hussain is very experienced and quick — both have been very impressive in national events so far.

“We hope that they will do their best in the Olympics. It’s an achievement because our swimmers were competing in the World Championships against the best swimmers and they managed to impress the judges at Fina.”

This will be the fourth time that Pakistan swimmers will be participating in the Olympics. Kiran Khan had represented the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rubab Raza in 2004 and Kamal Salman Masud in 2000.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Aviator
    Jun 9, 2012 - 4:06AM

    Best of luck to Pakistan Olympics team!Recommend

  • bilal
    Jun 9, 2012 - 12:26PM

    bring it to home. wish you all the best

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  • Ali
    Jun 11, 2012 - 3:08AM

    This is Unfair!!! Kiran Khan is the National champion. She won 11 golds at the National Level. Anam Bandey just has one record but Kiran Khan has a number of records and a better record then the UK born swimmer Anam Bandey who has just bribed the secretary of swimming federation to get in for London… This is totally unfair. Bandey has never participated in any National Games like Kiran Khan who is our top record holder and Current National Champion. Shame on the the Federation Secretary Major Majid who had got bribed. Shameeeeee….

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