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Honor in Paralympics: A lesson Haider Ali brings to Nation

 

Haider Ali, Pakistan’s only athlete at the Rio Paralympic Games, has done the country proud by winning its first medal in the long jump competition. The 31-year-old athlete won bronze medal in the long jump event of the T-37 class by managing a distance of 6.28 metres. He only fell behind Brazil’s Mateus Evangelista Cardoso who bagged a silver (6.53 metres) and China’s Shang Guangxu who won gold with a distance of 6.77 – a world record at the Paralympic Games. This is the second time that Haider has excelled for his country at the Paralympics Games. While Haider is a shining example of someone who overcame personal adversity and excelled in what he put his heart too, others in Pakistan have not had the same opportunities. In the absence of a regular census, approximate numbers estimate that the total population of people with disability (PWDs) in Pakistan is 5.035 million, with a growth rate of 2.03% of the total population. Only 14 percent of persons with disabilities are employed while the rest are reliant on family members for financial support. It is time that policy makers, international NGOs and disabled peoples’ organisations unite and form a coordinated, committed and integrated effort to strengthen the legislation that recognises the rights of PWDs. 

 

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