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Pak SAF Games women gold medallists made 'sports ambassadors'

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Islamabad, Feb.13 (ANI): Honouring their great feat in the just concluded South Asian Federation Games (SAF), Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed gold-medalist women athletes Naseem Hamid and Sara Nasir as 'sports ambassadors.'

Hamid, 22, became South Asia's fastest woman by winning the 100-metre sprint SAF games (SAF) at Dhaka, while Nasir bagged a gold medal in Karate.

Hamid clocked 11.81 seconds to claim the top spot and become Pakistan's first female athlete to win the race in the competition's 26-year old history.

"President Zardari has appointed Naseem and Sara as 'ambassadors of sports' in recognition of their successes at the SAF Games and awarded them one million rupees (11,777 dollars) each," The Dawn quoted Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani, as saying.

Zardari called on both the athletes and praised their hard work.

"I am overwhelmed by the president's encouragement and it's a matter of great happiness for me that he promised to send us for training abroad for future competitions,' Hamid said.

Zardari has also asked the concerned department to form a policy which will enable deserving sportswomen to go abroad for training and coaching to improve their skill further. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 16:31 [IST]
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