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Another Hero Becomes the Victim of Our Ungratefulness

The thing we are the best at as a nation is being ungrateful to our heroes. They serve the country, they give us their youth, but when the time comes to repay them for their services, we turn away from them. When they stretch their hand for us to hold, when they expect us to give them even a few minutes of our lives, we reject them. One such hero is former hockey Olympian Mansoor Ahmed who is currently fighting for his life at a hospital in Karachi.

Mansoor Ahmed played as a goalkeeper in Pakistan’s field hockey team. He played in 338 international matches and the list of his medals is long. Mansoor represented Pakistan in three Olympics and won bronze in the Olympics of 1992. In his career, he won a total of 12 gold, 12 silver, and 8 bronze medals in various international hockey tournaments. Mansoor is recognized by many hockey players as the best goalkeeper hockey has ever produced.

After retiring from hockey, he entered the field of coaching. In the same year he quit hockey, he became the coach of Pakistan’s junior hockey team. Mansoor is also a social activist. He has worked with different organizations. He was named by the government as an ambassador for their No Smoking Campaign.

Mansoor Ahmed has dedicated his whole life to this country and its people. Even after retiring from hockey, he didn’t retire from serving the community. But now, it is our turn to do something for him. Mansoor has been in the ICU for the last couple of days but his condition has gotten worse with time. Pakistan Hockey Federation’s president Brigadier (rtd) Khalid Khokhar has written a letter to the federal government and the Sindh sports ministry asking for their help for the treatment of Mansoor. But this is something that require urgent action from us. And not just from the government. Yes, the government should fund Mansoor’s treatment, and do it soon, but as the nation Mansoor made happy many times, we should come forward and show him that we care. Pray for him, honour his achievements, and send his family messages of support.

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