7 Pakistani Athletes to Represent Pakistan in Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 has started with a full spark and various teams from around the globe are participating in this grand global championship. Pakistani athletes will also be representing the country with high spirits.

The event started on august 5, 2016 and the games will end on august 21, 2016.

Earlier this year, a team of 24 members was announced to represent the country in Rio Olympics 2016. But it turns out to be only 7 athletes. The rest 17 members are a part of the officials-squad.

Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) has selected such a small team to represent Pakistan for the first time. But better some than none.

Let’s have a look at the talented superstars of the country who will be representing Pakistan globally in the Rio Olympics 2016. Here they are:

Lianna Swan (Swimmer)

A swimmer by profession, this 19-year-old athlete will represent Pakistan in Rio. Swan was born in Awali, Bahrain.

She is a breaststroke specialist and has set seven national records in swimming. The young swimmer has represented Pakistan in the Commonwealth Championship Games held in Glasgow, the UK in the year 2014. She won 9 gold and 3 silver medals for Pakistan.

Swan also represented Pakistan in South Asian Championship held this year in India.

Haris Bandey (Swimmer)-Rio Olympics 2016

The 17-year-old Haris Bandey is the brother of Anum Bandey. He is the representative of Pakistan under the 400m medley individual category.

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The passionate athlete will be representing Pakistan along with Swan in Rio.

Secretary at Pakistan Swimming Federation, Veena Masud briefed the press that Bandey has been selected based on FINA World Aquatics Championships 2015 held in Russia.

Shah Hussain Shah (Judoka)

The 23-year-old Shah is the son of the legendary Pakistani first ever gold medal winning Olympian boxer, Hussain Shah.

He will be representing Pakistan in Men’s 100kg Judo match on August 11, 2016.

Ghulam Mustafa Bashir (Shooter)

POA has selected two shooters to represent Pakistan in Olympics for the first time in their history. Ghulam Mustafa Bashir is one of them.

He was introduced as a wild card entry, one out of the four wild card entrants.

The National Rifle Association for Pakistan (NRAP) approved his selection.

Minal Sohail (Shooter)

The first ever female shooter in the history of Pakistani Olympics to represent the country at such a grand event, Minal Sohail is the second wild card entry in Rio Olympics 2016.

She is also approved by NRAP. Minal Sohail will represent Pakistan in women Rifle Shooting competition.

Mehboob Ali (Sprinter)

Third out of the four wild card entrants, Mehboob Ali will represent Pakistan in Track and Field’s category for Men 400m run.

Mehboob Ali is enthusiastic and vows to win a gold medal for the country.

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Najma Parveen (Sprinter)

Najma Parveen is the fourth and last wild card entry in Rio Olympics 2016. She is a great sportsperson and has been involved in various sports since her 6th grade.

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The 24-year-old champ is the daughter of former hockey player Ziaullah.




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