Pride of Pakistan: Muhammad Ashiq

Muhammad Ashiq

Left the boxing ring due to several injuries but the hunger to do something for Pakistan motivated him to pursue cycling as a next opportunity to do anything big, Mohammad Ashiq is the one among those who wore green not for money, but for pride.

A man, who started his career as a fine pugilist turned a cyclist who wore the green colour proudly and joined the list of those legends who worked day in and day out to bring top notch achievements for their country.

The former Olympic cyclist, Mohammad Ashiq represented Pakistan in the Rome Olympics in 1960 in the Men’s sprint 1,000m at the age of 25.

Ashiq finished 25th at that event but he and Abdur Raziq Baluch held Pakistan’s flag hoisting in the Cycling event.

Four years later, he went on to appear in the individual pursuit 4,000m and team pursuit 4,000m event in the Tokyo Olympics.

Boxing was Ashiq’s passion but several injuries took him down, as we say “never lose hope”. Ashiq went against all odds to set an example of being strong enough to accomplish extraordinary for his country as a cyclist.

After retiring from a successful period of his life, Ashiq met different problems in twilight phase of his life.

The hero of Pakistan became a rickshaw driver to make his ends meet. After having a glorious career as an athlete and having tough struggling years later in life, at the age of 83, he left this world with a legacy and lessons to learn for youngsters.

Mohammad Ashiq with his adhesive approach to give some good memories to Pakistan, will be remembered among the sports fraternity forever.