Follow your passion: How I became a sports journalist

I was confident I was on the right path. But that is when this thing called ‘passion’ intervened. People laughed at me

Emad Zafar May 18, 2013
In 2007, as my ‘A’-level exams were nearing an end, I was confronted with that inevitable question: what to do in life? That’s when I began to assess my options.

Engineering wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d be having a laugh if I thought of becoming a doctor. What was I left with? The ‘easiest’ option available: pursuing a BBA degree.

Till the time I got into a business school, my life had been a roller-coaster ride as far as choosing a career was concerned. There was a time when I wanted to become an aeronautical engineer. Then, physics happened to me and that plan went down the drain. During my ‘O’-Level days, I thought of pursuing computer engineering, courtesy my newfound craze for technology but by the time I reached ‘A’-levels, I was told computers had become stale and there was ‘no scope’ left. I was back to square one.

Through these changes, there was one passion in life that remained constant — my passion for sports.

I watched, read and wrote about sports. Call it a lack of knowledge but I never thought of pursuing sports journalism. I graduated from university with a major in marketing. Without sounding boastful, I was deemed as someone who’d make it big in the field. I also landed a dream job as a junior brand manager at a multinational.

I was confident I was on the right path. But that is when this thing called ‘passion’ intervened.

I landed an opportunity to work as a sports journalist at one of the biggest newspapers in Pakistan. I discussed the offer with people I trusted and, unsurprisingly, I was laughed at.

They thought the idea of getting into sports journalism, while heading towards a successful career in marketing, was outrageous.

However, I gave the offer serious thought and realised that this was what I always wanted to do and there, I chose passion over career. I took the job and to date, I’ve had the time of my life. I’m doing something I love and am passionate about.

I don’t know what my professional life ahead has in store for me. For now, I am just glad I chose to follow my passion.

Who knows, one day, you could be seeing yours truly on TV bashing the Pakistan cricket team alongside Rameez Raja and Ravi Shastri?

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Emad Zafar A PR, Communications and Digital Media professional with an undying passion for all things sport, technology, music, media and aviation. He tweets as @emadzafar (
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Ais.Ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply you can b a motivational speaker too... :)
Hafsa Khan | 10 years ago | Reply Everyone has their own set of problems. How he overcome all of it and still managed to pursue his passion is commendable. I think we shouldn't he so quick to judge someone. Best of luck emad! May you be able to follow ur passion throughout your life!
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