Former Olympian-turned-rickshaw driver passes away at 83

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Former Olympian-turned-rickshaw driver passes away at 83

Former Olympian Muhammad Ashiq who competed for Pakistan at the 1960 and the 1964 Olympics, and became a rickshaw driver passes away in Lahore.

Ashiq died of a stroke and was suffering from other ailments as well including inflamed liver and heart. He was 83.

Ashiq competed in the Rome Olympics in 1960 in the Men’s sprint 1,000m time trial at the age of 25. Four years later, in the Tokyo Olympics, he participated in the individual pursuit 4,000m and team pursuit 4,000m event.

Due to lack of financial support, Ashiq worked as a rickshaw driver in Lahore.

He began his sporting career as a boxer, switching to cycling in the 1950s when his wife complained about his injuries.

Ashiq was buried in Lahore’s Miyani Sahib graveyard.

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