Let me tell you a story – a story of dedication and the idea to bring a positive difference in society. What if I tell you that there is someone who is taking a great initiative for people suffering from blindness? No, he is not doing charity, he is preparing them to do what you can’t. He is training them for ‘Blind Archery’!
Abdul Khaliq (late) also known as the Bird of Asia (Parinda e Asia) came from a small village of Chakwal to set a record in sprint racing and got this title from the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He dubbed him “the flying bird of Asia” upon winning a gold medal for 100m and a silver medal for 4×100 rally race. After father, Muhammad Ijaaz is on breaking records and eager to make a name like his father.
He had been thinking of something unique in games to set an example in this entire world. While thinking of something, he came up with the idea of choosing a game which has been played and liked by our Holy Prophet (PBUH), ARCHERY. Few days back he gave a proposal to the Secretary of Archery Federation for Blind Archery, upon which he got mocked down for supporting and thinking about blind people- irony of our society. A person on his own cannot do anything without any experience or strategies.
He started building strategies by practicing blind archery by tying a piece of cloth on his eyes and setting his arms and legs similar to the special stand for special people. And at that moment, feeling the fear of being blind, he took a stand for the blind men. At the early stage, they all were nervous and fear to be mocked, but the coach’s enthusiasm and determination have given them confidence and energy to fight for themselves and mark their positions in the world record.
With a lot of hope, energy and special techniques he has started training his special players himself with confidence and courage in Liaqat Baagh Sports Complex in Liaqat Baagh. For this he has chosen 3 men;
- Tanveer: his own student who can feel things approximately to 3-4 m
- Waleed: a headmaster in a local school who is a totally blind player.
- Waheed: a local resident who has been a part of Pakistan Cricket Team is also a totally blind player.
They all lie in the category of V1 and V2 of the visual cortex.
Usually, the players use their eyesight to shoot the target, whereas these special players use a backhand sight to shoot their target. With the help of a stand (of their height), they are taught by setting their hand and leg on the marked areas to shoot the target accordingly, as shown in the following figures.
To reach the target that is 18m, they are taught the readings of the board. The player is considered best if he shoots in the form of sets. Being a blind person this the best achievement. But M. Ijaaz being hopeful says that they will be in the leading list of Pakistani archers and will definitely take them to the international level of archery.
He has been offered some funds and invitation for this purpose.
Earlier, he trained blind girls who played at the national level and keeping in view the success of the later game, he is expecting the best results this time too.
While quoting Iqbal’s verse, Muhammad Ijaaz said,
“Future depends on the effort you put in, sometimes Allah lets you decide what you want and that is the time you need to put your force in to succeed or back out”.