Skiing sisters grab gold, silver

Sisters Afra, 17, Amina Wali, 19, claimed first and second place after beating Sri Lanka, Nepal and India.

Express January 14, 2011

Two female skiers grabbed Pakistan’s first gold and silver in the first South Asian Games, leaving their male teammates ruing their dismal performance as they only claimed a bronze medal.

Sisters Afra, 17, and Amina Wali, 19, claimed first and second place respectively after beating Sri Lanka, Nepal and India who came in third in the giant slalom event in Auli.

Meanwhile, Pakistan skier Mir Nawaz junior came third in the men’s giant slalom despite the inclusion of the country’s first winter Olympian Mohammad Abbas in the team. India bagged gold and silver. The men have another chance to redeem themselves today as they face India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Maldives in the alpine slalom, which might not take place due to heavy snowfall.

“We are very happy with our success here,” said the Amina. “It’s all because of the prayers from our parents and the nation. Our coach’s efforts were also crucial in our win today.” Team coach Sohail held high hopes for the team in the next rounds of the alpine slalom and cross country events, but manager Obaidur Rehman Abbasi lashed out at the men’s performance. Abbasi questioned their weak performance despite their intense practice and training, but then later explained their results by saying that India had an added advantage of having a home ground.

“The boys will hopefully perform very well in the next rounds to rectify their minor mistakes,” said Abbasi. “I am sure there will be good news.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2011.


murtaza | 12 years ago | Reply we all proud on you.god bless you my sisters
obaid | 12 years ago | Reply great achievements not only by the two sisters ifra and amina but the under dog young mir allam juniour of GB.they all were great.little ifra who with a broken hand made the impossible possible and got gold for pakistan ,head soft to her . thnxs air chief for awarding all the three players cash award but i suggest each member of the playing team should also be given tocken money ie cash award as they all despite a lot of difficulties specially during the 16 days hectic visit of india have done great.they worked like a team and made it possible for the national team to achieve the target.i hope the bosses in the federation will think over it. pakistan zinda baad.we all love you.
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