Women in Sports, Struggle of Pakistani Women in sports


The struggle of Pakistani women in sports is a long and tough one. Women who are into sports are faced with many problems including lack of financial support and lack of proper training facilities. However, some women have made their mark in the world of sports despite all odds being against them. Here are five such examples:

“In sports, we are all equal regardless of gender. It’s our dedication and hard work that sets us apart.”


Nazim Khan was born in Pakistan and played cricket for India. He was the first Pakistani player to play for their national team, which he did in 1951 against England. He also played two matches for the Indian team that year, scoring only one run in both games.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir

A professional squash player who has won several national and international titles, Maria faced a lot of resistance from her family and community who disapproved of her playing a “man’s sport”. Despite the challenges, she persevered and is now a role model for young girls in Pakistan.

Naseem Hameed

Naseem Hameed – Known as the “fastest woman in South Asia”, Naseem Hameed won a gold medal in the 100 meters race at the 2010 South Asian Games. She faced criticism for her clothing choices and was accused of bringing shame to her country, but she remained focused on her goals and achieved success.

“Success is not just about winning, but about overcoming obstacles and proving yourself to the world.”

Sana Mir

Sana Mir is a former captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team and one of the most successful cricketers in the country. She faced discrimination and unequal treatment in the male-dominated world of cricket, but she continued to work hard and became a trailblazer for women’s cricket in Pakistan.

Shabnam Mughal

A former national boxing champion, Shabnam Mughal had to fight against not only her opponents in the ring but also societal norms that viewed boxing as a “violent” and “unladylike” sport for women. Despite the obstacles, she persisted and became a source of inspiration for other young women who want to pursue sports.

Hajra Khan

A footballer who has represented Pakistan at international events, Hajra Khan faced many challenges in a country where football is not a popular sport, especially for women. She has become an advocate for women’s football and has worked to create opportunities and support systems for young girls who want to play the sport.

PURCHASE KEENOMA Nigerian athlete

Purchased Keenoma was a Nigerian athlete who competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. She was born in Benin City, Edo State. Purchased Keenoma made her international debut at the 2010 African Championships where she won a silver medal in the 4×100 m relay with Sheri-Ann Brooks-Schmidt, Gail Devers, and Jewel Malone. She won two gold medals at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics – one on her way to winning gold (100m) while setting an African record time of 10 seconds flat!


Lai Chiu Ying is a professional golfer from Hong Kong. She has won several tournaments in Asia, including the Asian Ladies Amateur Championship and the Women’s World Cup in 2005. In 2007, she became China’s first female athlete to win an Olympic medal when she won bronze in women’s individual golf at Beijing 2008 Olympics. She started playing golf at age nine after watching her father play golf with friends at home; he later became her coach for over 10 years until his death in 2010. Following this loss, Lai began training as an amateur player before turning professional in 2012. She currently lives with her husband and children in Malaysia where they also run a school called “Lai Golf Academy”.


Mehnisa Khan is a Pakistani athlete who competes in sprinting events. She has won medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

In 2014, she participated in her first major international competition when she competed at the Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay event with teammates Asma Khalid, Saif Ali Khan, and Nasima Mohamed; this was Pakistan’s first gold medal at that edition of the event since 1988.

“Sports have the power to break down barriers and empower individuals to make a difference in their communities.”


Diana Edugiello is a Nigerian-Italian athlete. She is a sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters and 200 meters. She has won multiple medals at the World Championships and Olympics, including two gold medals at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and four golds at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  also won one silver medal (2013) and three bronze medals (2012, 2007). In addition to her success on the track, she has been involved with several other sports including volleyball; handball; table tennis; basketball; athletics, and swimming


Rekha Raez is a Pakistani athlete who has represented her country at the Olympics, World Championships, and Asian Games. She is a sprinter, long-distance runner, and track and field athlete. She has won numerous medals in international competitions such as IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Commonwealth Games (2006), and Asian Games (2010), etc. also competed in several national levels meets like the WAPDA games, Pakistan Open Championship & SAARC Games, etc.

The struggle of Pakistani Women in sports

The struggle of Pakistani women in sports is very difficult. The reason for this is because of the culture and society. In Pakistan, many women do not like sports and do not want to play with boys. They say that they are afraid of being beaten by a boy so they prefer not to join any kind of sports activities.

However, if you ask them why they don’t participate in any activities then they will tell you that there is no space available for women’s participation in sports or other games like football because there are many restrictions on which games can be played by women only (for example soccer).

“Football has the ability to unite people from all backgrounds and provide a pathway for success and empowerment.”

They also say that boys have more freedom than girls and this causes problems for them when going out with their friends etc., because whenever we go somewhere separately from our families then some men may think something inappropriate about us which makes us feel uncomfortable about ourselves as well as others around us.”


It is a very difficult task for these women to take part in sports. They have to deal with many obstacles and challenges. But they can follow their dreams and do what they want to do. They are doing well in their field but still, there are many more who are not being recognized by the people because of the language barrier or cultural differences

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