Former pacer Wasim Akram has apologised to Pakistani boxer Muhammad Waseem for not receiving a grand reception at the airport on his return from United Arab Emirates after his win against Conrado Tanamor.
“I apologise on behalf of Pakistan. Sometimes we as a country need to be ‘smacked on the face’ with the fist of reality to wake us up and remind us how we should be treating our heroes.” Akram tweeted.
He congratulated Waseem on his win over Conrado Tanamor and said that he would receive Waseem himself from the airport next time.
The former World Boxing Council (WBC) silver champion knocked out Tanamor in 82 seconds in Dubai at the Rotunda Rumble on Friday night. Waseem has braved 10 bouts now and only lost one, while this was his seventh win through knock-out.
The boxer dedicated his victory to the Kashmiris facing atrocities brutalities at the hands of the Indian occupation forces.
A disheartened Waseem had earlier tweeted that he was not fighting for ‘istaqbals’ at the airport and stressed that he was fighting so that Pakistan could get world acclaim.
“I’m not fighting to get istaqbals at the airport,” Waseem tweeted. “Every fight, every camp, every training, every tour, is another opportunity for me to show the boxing world the world-class boxing talent Pakistan has.”
Pakistan’s all-rounder Shoaib Malik also asked Waseem to not let this trouble him and stay focused on his goals.
“We are so proud of you, had I been in Pakistan I would have come to the airport,” Malik tweeted.