WRITTEN BYShanza Zulfiqar
The South Asian Games (SAG) is basically a multinational multi-sport event which is held for the athletes from different countries of South Asia. It takes place after every two years. The governing manager of the South Asian Games is South Asia Olympic Council (SAOC), which was initially formed in the year 1983. Presently, South Asian Games are joined by eight different countries of South Asia which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Maldives. The next edition of South Asian Games is going to be held in Guwahati and Shillong, India starting from 5th to 16th Feb, 2016. In this event, Pakistan will be represented by the very talented Haseeb Tariq in a swimming competition.
Currently, Haseeb is a member of Pakistan national team. He belongs to the York University Lions competitive swim team and is recently selected to compete for his native country Pakistan at the South Asian Games 2016. He got selected in SAG by winning four gold medals at the Pakistan’s qualifiers for the South Asian Games trials which were held from 25th to 27th December in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also won the free style events of 50m and 100m and also broke two of the national records by winning the backstroke events of swimming.
Haseeb Tariq started swimming at the age of six but did not take part in any competition until the age of 15. He is a Pakistani native and his early schooling is from Karachi Grammar School. Currently he lives in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada). Haseeb Tariq is a student of 3rd year Finance and he holds the position of an executive on the Lions competitive swim team. The successful 2015 campaign of Haseeb Tariq also included breaking his own York School record by swimming in the 50m backstroke with 27.40s at the 2015 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship.
Haseeb Tariq gives credit of his success to York only by saying:
Coming to York really made me tap into my undiscovered potential and forced me to become a better student of the sport and to excel in it. I got to train with a great team that motivated me day in and day out.
He further said that he feels proud to represent Pakistan and York on international level. He says that he has only dreamed to represent Pakistan on such an important platform like South Asian Games because it is such a huge international meet and also that it holds great importance in all of the South Asian countries. It really instills the chills inside him even by thinking about potentially winning a medal for one’s country.
I’ve only dreamed of representing Pakistan at the South Asian Games, as against any other international meet, just because of the importance it holds in South Asian countries and the chills it instills of potentially winning a medal for your country, says Haseeb Tariq
Haseeb Tariq also hopes to be able to represent Pakistan at the Olympics level in 2020. All of our prayers are with Haseeb Tariq. We hope he wins this South Asian Games (SAG) 2016 competition and makes his country proud.
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