President appoints Naseem, Sara sports ambassadors

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday appointed gold-winning Pakistan women athletes Naseem Hameed and Sara Nasir sports ambassadors to honour their extraordinary success.

He also announced a cash award of one million rupees to each of them and Rs200,000 each to other gold winning players.

The 22-year-old Naseem became South Asia''s fastest woman by winning the 100-metre in the South Asian Federation Games (SAF) in Dhaka, while Sara returned with a gold medal in karate.

Zardari received the athletes in Islamabad and praised their hard work which brought laurels to the country.

Present also on the occasion were federal minister for sports Ijaz Jakhrani, chairman Pakistan Olympic Association Lt Gen (R) Arif Hasan and other officials.

Congratulating both female athletes, the president said that they have made the name of Pakistan all over the world for which the entire nation is proud of them.

President Zardari also announced a cash award of Rs100,000 each for the coaches of the players .

He directed the sports ministry to make arrangements for foreign training of all these winners of gold medals.