rabia shahzad

Pakistan is blessed with many talented individuals who compete and excel at the global stage to bring pride to our nation.

One of such talented youngsters is the Pakistani weightlifter Rabia Shahzad, who has recently bagged a gold medal at the Ralph Cashman Open Weightlifting Championship held in New South Wales, Australia.

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Rabia, who is a student of IBA, took part in the 55 kg class event and lifted 90 kg of weight, 40 kg snatch and 50 kg clean and jerk. She scored 90 points to grab the top spot and was the only female contestant to participate in the 55 kg category.

With her remarkable achievement, Rabia Shahzad has made the whole nation proud. The Federal Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari also took to Twitter to appreciate this super talented young lady.

It sure is a proud moment for all of us and it’s just great to see how our young talent is emerging from various field, representing Pakistan at the global platform. But, it also calls for the need to support our youngsters and create opportunities for them to showcase and enhance their skills.

Even though Rabia was able to represent Pakistan at this International Championship but she was disappointed that the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation has not really been supportive.

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In her post-championship media talk, Rabia mentioned how she wanted to participate in the Asian Powerlifting Championship but couldn’t do so as the federation did nothing to ensure her participation.

She said,

“The women players federation does nothing to help us participate in competitions.”

Rabia added,

 “Even the government does not help us. Whatever we do we do it on our own. The Pakistan Olympic Association needs to take action against the federation.”

Earlier this year, Rabia Shahzad won a silver medal in the Asian Classic and Equipped Bench Press Championship held in Dubai. We wish her good luck for all her future endeavors.

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