KARACHI: Pakistani athlete Naseem Hameed, who earned the ‘queen of tracks’ title, has said that she was not being given the rewards as promised by the country’s leaders.
Hameed had bagged a gold medal in the 2010 South Asian Games. She covered 100 metres in just 11.81 seconds and out-ran 40 other sprinters including Sri Lanka’s Pramila Priyadarshani and Achala Shalika Dias.
Hameed was awarded the title of ‘Fakhar-e-Pakistan’ (Pride of Pakistan) by Former president Asif Ali Zardari and announced cash awards.
Asif Ali Zardari even promised to gift Hameed a flat in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority.
She said in a video message, “All the rewards which were announced earlier for me whether it be houses or plots are still pending. I am still struggling to get them.”
She said that the announcements were made during fancy photo sessions but no one ever did anything about them.
She said that nine years have passed she was still pursuing the matter, “I do not get a proper response when I make a request to fulfill their responses. They make it look like someone has come to ask for charity.”