Wasim Akram to get award for long fight against diabetes

Published: November 28, 2013
File photo of Wasim Akram. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

File photo of Wasim Akram. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: Legendary paceman Wasim Akram said on Thursday that he will receive the first-ever young leader’s award in sports for his fight against diabetes in a congress in Melbourne.

The 47-year-old, renowned for his left-arm pace bowling, has been fighting against the disease since 1997.

“I have fought against diabetes because of my discipline and hard work and the young leader’s award will be a just reward for my discipline,” Wasim told AFP.

Wasim will get the award during the World Diabetes Congress to be held in Melbourne, Australia from December 2-6.

The International Diabetic Foundation will be organising the congress.

Wasim, who took 414 Tests and 502 one-day wickets, will also deliver a lecture to help create awareness on diabetes.

“There is a need to create an awareness about diabetes because a lot of people don’t know about it and think that it’s not curable,” said Wasim, declared player of the match in Pakistan’s World Cup win against England in Australia in 1992.

According to the World Health Organisation statement of 2011 around 12.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Pakistan.

Wasim said he will also give coaching on how to deal with the disease.

“I will give lectures and will coach people on how to cure the disease through exercise and balanced diet and share my experiences with those afflicted with the disease,” said Wasim.

Wasim married Australian Shaniera Thompson in August this year – his second wife after his first died in October 2009.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • BCCI
    Nov 29, 2013 - 1:25AM

    Salute to the greatest of them all!!!


  • vasan
    Nov 29, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Good man. His contributions in any form anywhere will be most welcome, be it in cricket or in other fields.


  • Ashok
    Nov 29, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Wasim Akram is a role model for all people. He has shown thru his dedication, hard work, discipline & commitment that you can excel in your given field in spite of all handicaps.
    Congratulations to him and best wishes for the future.


  • azmat khan
    Nov 29, 2013 - 8:07PM

    @Ashok: Thank you.


  • Thetruth
    Nov 30, 2013 - 6:26PM

    legend and hero


  • Akhtar Siddiqui
    Nov 30, 2013 - 7:37PM

    Wasim should show the same courage and determination to ensure his new white Australian wife becomes a true 100% muslim. Recommend

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