Abdul Malik seeks PM’s supports for future competitions
By Syed M Osama
KARACHI: A Pakistani bodybuilder, Abdul Malik is all set to participate in the upcoming world biggest Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championship 2019 which will take place in Columbus, Ohio from February 28, 2019.
Abdul Malik, who is in Chicago, America right now for preparation of the upcoming championship, is sold his business to participate in the world largest bodybuilding championship.
Born to a middle-class family in Karachi, Abdul Malik, without any support from the government, has brought many laurel to his beloved country Pakistan, when he won a Gold Medal in the 75-kilogram category of the World Muscle Mania Bodybuilding Championship held in Florida, USA in June, 2015.
“I had borrowed a lot of money from friends and relatives in order to participate in the Florida contest, he told.
Malik while talking to National Courier yesterday said that his financial problems are increasing day-by-day, expressing his disappointment in order to move forward as a bodybuilder which needs sponsorship, he said that the government has not offered any support despite his achievements.
Abdul Malik while appealing to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the private institutions to support him for his future contests, said that government should also focus more on promoting sports like bodybuilding, boxing, instead of being fixated on cricket.
Responding to a question regarding Arnold Classic Championship, Malik said “This championship is a mega event and players from across the world will compete in this championship”.
Answer to a query, Abdul Malik said, “I can’t forget the moment when hoisting Pakistani flag on the Florida victory stand in 2015. Unfortunately Pakistan’s world image was affected negatively due to the wave of militancy and terrorism but, I wanted to show the world that we have immense talent and are not behind in any field.”
After receiving gold medal, a number of political leaders approached Malik for support but the promises made to him were broken.
Answering to another query, the bodybuilder regretted saying that winning competitions did not bring any change to my financial position.
Malik belongs to a poor family. At the age of 16, Malik fell in love with bodybuilding. His family was against his hobby, in fact, his father told him to give up his hobby.
“We were a very poor family and my father couldn’t support me because bodybuilding is a very expensive sport,” he added.
Having no support from the government and other organizations, Malik use to sell ladies’ hand-bags and coached young bodybuilders and this is how he managed to survive.
Abdul Malik pinned in love with Pakistan said he does not go alone in bodybuilding competitions, as voice of over 200 million Pakistanis represent him on the stage.