Muhammad Inam, the high-spirited and sturdy wrestler won a gold medal for the country in the final of the men’s freestyle 86 kg showdown at the Common Wealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The event took place at the Carrara Arena where Inam defeated Nigeria’s Bibo 3:0. Inam secured six technical points and awarded three classification points. This is the second gold medal won by Inam. Previously he won his first gold medal at the New Delhi Common Wealth Games back in 2010. Moreover, other Pakistani athletes Muhammad Bilal, Tayyab Raza, Nooh Dastagir Butt and Taha Talib won bronze medals to fortify Pakistan’s wrestling team as a winning unit. Earlier in the semi final Inam overpowered Canadian Alexander Moore to qualify for the final spot. In the quarter final, Inam beat arch rival Somveer of India.
Pakistan’s overall performance has been good especially in wrestling and weightlifting. On the last day at the games Pakistan secured one gold and one bronze medal taking the tally of medals to five whereas the wrestlers won four and one medal was won by the weightlifter. Pakistan Sports Board has announced a reward of 5 million rupees for Muhammad Inam and 1 million rupees for Tayyab Raza as an acknowledgment for their illustrious achievements.
Pakistan’s contingent received a warm welcome at the airport in Lahore today on their arrival from Australia. While answering questions of media personnel, Inam said that if more attention was given to sports like wrestling and weightlifting, it would not be too long before Pakistan would be winning the gold medal at the Olympics. He further said that both government and private sector should encourage the sport and a proper academy should be established for training.
Inam and other athletes have performed up to their potential and brought honor to the country which needs to be praised and encouraged especially by the government.