Skiing sisters grab gold, silver

Published: January 14, 2011
Progress for Pakistan in the South Asian Winter Games was 
courtesy the Wali sisters. PHOTO: AGHA JAN

Progress for Pakistan in the South Asian Winter Games was courtesy the Wali sisters. PHOTO: AGHA JAN

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.

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  • Asad Baig
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:20AM

    Excellent achievement.Keep it Up.Recommend

  • saman
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Congratulations to Afrah wali and Amina wali. Pakistan is proud of you! (:Recommend

  • Mawk
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:47AM

    …the whole nation is proud of you two! Congratulations! :) Recommend

  • mubashar karim
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:03PM

    we are proud of our girls, we dont often see medals in games but these two girls have won our hearts with the medals.the authorities should take measures after watching this to improve the standards of the sport and should not go after cricket only. encouragement and reward is the key. may Allah bless them with more successses in these games and in future. ameenRecommend

  • Rina
    Jan 15, 2011 - 4:33PM

    big achievement amna & ifrah, well done, we are proud of you. keep making us proud in the years ahead, wish you best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • manahil
    Jan 15, 2011 - 7:04PM

    keep it up!!! itx just the beginning gurlx……make pakistan proud!!Recommend

  • fatima jahan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 7:32PM

    hats off to our young gilgiti girls for achieving such a huge and prestigious honour.. you girls have truly made us all proud.. keep up the good effort!!! :)Recommend

  • ramiz ali
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:11PM

    Way 2 GGGO GGalz!Recommend

  • Tasawar Baig
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Wonderful achievement…..Gilgit-Baltistan is proud of both and even whole country…Keep it up….You will Pakistan in future Olympics… Recommend

  • farhana
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:25PM

    proud of u grls,well dun n good luckRecommend

  • Hasnain Iqbal
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:33PM

    big achievement ifrah and amna, keep it up. congratulations!!!!!!! Allah bless you with more success and wish you best of luck in future…:):):) Recommend

  • waleem wali khan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:35PM

    You two have made all of us so proud, well done and keep up the good work.

  • hasnain
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Applause! Applause!!!!!! Congratulations! You deserve it.Allah bless you both with more success:):):)Recommend

  • jamil janjua
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Well DONE !!! Afra and Aminah Wali. You and the women cricketing team and others (the fastest runner) who are excelling in sports (a so called man’s domain ) represent the majority of the Pakistan population and as role models give me and I am sure the whole of Pakistan a hope in the future. Congratulations !!!Recommend

  • Syed Kashif Rizvi
    Jan 16, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Salam girls
    we r proud on you, double thumbs up for both of you, you raise the name of Pakistan in this world who only thought now a days tht we r terrorists…

    well done keep it up, May Allah bless on both of you :)


  • ilfu
    Jan 16, 2011 - 3:49AM

    grt job done for the country and have made us proud ……keep it up and always shine for the gals of GB too..Recommend

  • samia khan
    Jan 16, 2011 - 5:12AM

    Congrats girls u guys make us proud im very proud of u n being a pakistani girl :)Recommend

  • anum aziz
    Jan 16, 2011 - 3:49PM

    congratz girl…….may ALLAH give u millions of more success….Recommend

  • apakistani
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:22PM

    Congrats, you’ve made us proud!!!!Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Weldone Wali sisters! Gilgit – Baltistan is proud of you and we expect more and even better :-) that’s all we can do!!

    Pakistan will be proud of you as far as your achievements are concerned. They will fall into silence, if you ask for equal citizens rights :-)Recommend

  • Rashida
    Jan 17, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Dear Amna and Afra. You made the family, Gilgit-Baltistan and whole Pakistan proud……….Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pakistan Zinda wa Payinda BaadRecommend

  • Hina Sher
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Dear Wali sisters,
    It is a fabulous achievement not only for Gilgit Baltistan but for the whole country.We all are proud of you.This is the time when Pakistan needs such successfull stories.You are showing the world that the Pakistani youth are talented and full of life. Your achievement is whole nation’s achievement. Best of luck and keep your spirits high for more and more successes ahead. Once again me and my husband Sherbaz shah are proud of you and being from Hunza both of us congratulate you and you are the cause of our pride. You are showing the world that Pakistan is all about this.

    Regards and Love.Recommend

  • yasir ali wigdan
    Jan 18, 2011 - 3:56PM

    very nice to c u both achieving the excellence Recommend

  • Jan 18, 2011 - 4:10PM


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  • Ali
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Many many congrats. You made Pakistan proud :)Recommend

  • imran
    Jan 22, 2011 - 8:49AM

    splended job i salute u sisters keep it up.Recommend

  • Jan 25, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Dear Great Wali sisters,

    u both have done excel in skiing. Not only Gilgit-Baltistan but also whole country is proud of u sisters.
    The message is that we Gigitis have tremendous talent in every field whether that is sports, or any other field the key issue is that Govt. Of Pakistan should facilitate our young talent by encouraging GB people that they could represent pakistan in world forums.

    wish u both have lucky and Fabulous future

    zahidullah khan

    KIU Gilgit.Recommend

  • obaid
    Feb 6, 2011 - 7:55PM

    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.Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2011 - 3:07AM

    we all proud on you.god bless you my sistersRecommend

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