Pakistan’s Tanveer Ahmed made history this week by winning the first-ever silver medal in the World Archery Para Championships held at the Dubai Club for People of Determination, said the World Archery Federation.
This is the first time two visually impaired Pakistani archers have participated in the world championship. Previously, Ahmed and his teammate Waleed Aziz had not contested a single tournament outside their country.
“We came here with the hope of participation so the silver medal is a bonus, something more than what I expected,” Ahmed was quoted on the federation’s website. “It is definitely a proud moment for me and my entire team to win the first medal for Pakistan in visually impaired archery. I want to work harder now and take the gold next time.”
Ahmed displayed an impressive performance during the championship before securing a place in the final competition where he was defeated by the world number two Ruben Vanhollebeke of Belgium.
The Pakistani archers had set up their training camp in the parking lot of a sports complex in Rawalpindi with only basic equipment available to them while preparing for the global contest.