Pakistan establishing benchmarks in sports, other than Cricket
Samina Baig becomes first Pakistani woman to conquer seven highest peaks while Shah Hussain earns Pakistan’s first medal at Commonwealth Games in Judo.
Samina Baig has become the first Pakistani woman to climb all seven highest peaks in the seven continents in only 8 months. Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali raise the Pakistani flag on top of Mt Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. She has completed the challenge of climbing seven of the highest mountains around the world, including Mount Everest (May 2013) at age of 23.
Mt Elbrus is highest mountain in Europe which is 5,642 meters tall, bringing their ‘Seven Summits’ adventure to an end. Samina Baig was part of an adventure diplomacy mission, funded by a few passionate climbers outside Pakistan and had no support from the government of Pakistan.
Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb to the top of the highest mountain in North America when she had sum mated Mt McKinley, Alaska, reaching 6,168 meters into the sky on 3rdJuly. In March, Samina Baig and Mirza Ali reached the top of the 4,884 meters-high Mount Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak in Indonesia. In the last six months, the duo Samina Baig and Mirza Ali had made history in December when they climbed Mt Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in South America. In January, they conquered the highest peak in Antarctica, Mt Vinson, and then the 5,895 meters-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in February.
Meanwhile, Shah Hussain Shah has won Pakistan’s first medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 26th July, 2014.
Shah Hussain Shah has won silver medal for Pakistan in Glasgow. Shah lost to Scotland’s Euan Burton in the men’s 100kg in Judo final, thereby securing silver medal.
It’s good news for Pakistan that our players are establishing benchmarks in sports like mountaineering and Judo. We are crazy for cricket and cricketers have more fans following than any other sportsperson. We should recognize efforts of people like Shah Hussain and Samina Baig and treat them as STARS, like we praise our cricketers.