It’s a dream come true moment for Karachi’s Mahoor Shahzad, who has qualified for women’s single in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021. This Pakistan star will be the first-ever badminton player to qualify for the Olympics.
Mahoor Shahzad, a 24-year girl, is the country’s topmost badminton player. Her continuous effort has brought this opportunity to her feet. As a result, Mahoor was invited by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) under the tripartite commission quota in the women’s singles event.
She dreamed that one day; she will represent her country and make them proud. Well, the opportunity is here, and she is all set for giving up her best shot.
Talking about her international career, she is currently ranked 144th in the women’s singles world rankings. She played seven international tournaments in 2019 and only three in the year 2020 due to the pandemic. As a result, she only got to play the Polish Open in 2021.
According to Mahoor, she has represented Pakistan in many international tournaments, but representing the Olympics is a different feeling. She comes from a family having a sports background. Hence she has to stand up on many hopes, which includes her family also. “I’ll try my best to meet people’s expectations and pull out the best result I can,” she said.
Due to strict lockdown rules imposed in Karachi, it has been difficult for her to keep up her practice routine, but she has made the most out of the available. His training schedule comprises 6-7 hours a day and for six days a week.
She is glad that with this tournament, she will improve herself amongst the world’s elite players. This event will be a test of both the physical and mental state of her’s. She is all set up to compete with other athletes in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.