Friday, July 27, 2012
Pakistani Christians Pray For Their Olympic 2012 Contingent
By Ashfaq Fateh
Special to ASSIST News Service
TOBA TEK SINGH, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- As the much-awaited Olympics have been launched in London, UK on July 27, 2012, Pakistanis, like other nationalities, are also very excited to watch their players show their best performance in the Games and send a message of peace to the world.
ANS Pakistan has learned that a 39-member sports contingent is already in London to take part in different games.
According to Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), "Out of the 39-member contingent, there are 18 hockey players, two athletes, two swimmers and a shooter. There are 23 players, and 16 officials taking part in the 2012 Olympics.”
ANS Pakistan spoke to many Christian sports players and various other people to find out what they are saying about Olympics 2012, and what they expect from their players.
Johnson Gill is a Christian cricket coach and Gospel minister. He said: “I love to be on the streets of London to witness the various game events, especially hockey [in order] to support the Pakistani team, however, it was not possible. But I am with my team, and wish them best of luck as Pakistan badly needs to win Gold Medals to bring back the games to Pakistan.”
Rafia Salomi, a women’s rights, activist told ANS: “There are one or two women from Pakistan taking part in different sports events. They are a ray of hope for Pakistani women who work hard, and this gives them an opportunity to represent their motherland. I am praying for Pakistani players to win the best title.”
Smile Ajal, another Christian sportsman, said he used to go to church every Sunday. “The Priest at Immaculate Conception Church appealed to the congregation to dedicate their prayers for Pakistani players taking part in Olympics 2012."
Smile went to say: “God answers prayer, and Pakistani players shall win!”
ANS has learned that Pakistan has won three gold medals (1960, 1968 and 1984) and as many silvers, as well as two bronze in field hockey in the Olympics.”
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