Pakistan’s Inam Butt wins gold medal at World Beach Wrestling

Sept 5, 2021: Just a day after Pakistan made history by winning its first gold medal at the Paralympics, wrestler Inam Butt raised the country’s flag by winning a gold medal at the World Beach Wrestling Series in Rome, Italy on Saturday.

The day after Haider Ali became the first Pakistani to win a gold medal at the Summer Paralympics as he hit 55.26m in Tokyo during his F37 discus throw final, Pakistan’s Inam Butt, who competed in the 90kg category, defeated his Ukrainian rival in the final of the World Beach Wrestling series. He won the gold medal with a score of 3-0 in the final match.

Earlier, the wrestler who hails from Gujranwala, Pakistan defeated his opponent from Slovenia to win the semifinals 3-0.

In a video message shared bu Inam on Twitter, he said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of God I have won the World Beach Wrestling Series in Rome, Italy.”

He said, “Most of the credit for this feat goes to Pakistan Wrestling Federation. Luckily, today our new body has been elected and today I have earned the World Champion title for Pakistan. In addition to this, I want to say huge thanks to Pakistan Sports Board, [IPC Minister] Fehmida Mirza, and DG Asif Zaman. They have helped me a lot, we weren’t getting visas. Because of their efforts, I got the visa and got the opportunity to play here.”

He further thanked the Punjab Sports Board and Pakistan Olympic Association for their cooperation. He believed that when all sports organizations work together, athletes are able to win medals for the country. “I dedicate this medal to Pakistan’s sports institutions,” he tweeted.

Responding to the historic win, Pakistan’s social media users started sharing well wishes and messages for the wrestler.

Pakistani cricketer Imam Ul Haq and Olympian Talha Talib are also amongst the well wishers.

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