Muhammad Wasim

Muhammad Wasim

A columnist for The Express Tribune with a masters degree in mass communication from Karachi University.

How sport terrorism took over Europe and Pakistan in 2016

With the terrorist attack outside Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul last week, that killed 38 people and left 166 wounded, 2016 bids farewell to the world of sports on a gloomy note. A gradual rise in terror attacks on sports venues has been seen over the last two decades but this year, the phenomenon of sports terrorism has horribly haunted the whole world, especially Europe, in terms of the number of tragic incidents and casualties. Police arrive at the site of an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2016.Photo: Reuters Terrorism is an international challenge, yet in the ...

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Why don’t we have a team for Pakistani expats in the PSL?

Three out of the 16 members of the English Test cricket squad touring Bangladesh these days are of Pakistani descent. They are: batting all-rounder Moeen Ali, leg spinner Adil Rasheed and left arm spin bowler Zafar Ansari. Adil Rashi and Moeen Ali have been bowling to Alastair Cook to try and earn the final spot in England’s Ashes team. Photo: Reuters Earlier before them, many English Test cricketers of Pakistani origin like – most recently and notably – fast bowler Sajid Mahmood and batsman Owais Shah had also represented England’s national cricket team before their unannounced retirement from Test cricket. The families of Moeen Ali and Adil Rasheed belong ...

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The dread that comes with Rio 2016

Are you worried that the Olympics 2016 is a potential prime target for terrorists? Well, the security authorities of Rio 2016 admit that the fear of terrorism during the event is more serious due to the recent series of attacks around the world. Their apprehensions were further boosted because of a tweet by a French jihadist, Maxime Hauchard, who picked Brazil as the “next target,” after the coordinated terror attacks on Paris last November. Photo: Screenshot Besides, last week, the Brazilian police arrested 10 militants who were attempting to contact a weapons supplier in neighbouring Paraguay to get AK 47 assault rifles. ...

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Pakistan football: Think of the future now

Pakistan under-16 team’s triumph in the South Asian Football Federation (Saff) Championship serves as an eye-opener to our sports policy-makers that the country has an abundance of talent that is waiting to blossom. Hats off to the young players from a nation where football patronage is missing, infrastructure is miserable and the so-called youth development programmes are just a mockery of the sport. The win prompted a Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) official to claim it a result of the federation’s youth programmes which was far from the truth. These programmes are being run on paper and not on the field. Without ...

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Mediocre coaches give mediocre results

Saudi Arabia’s dismal run at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup campaign resulted in the mid-tournament sacking of their national football team coach Jose Peseiro, who was replaced by the world-renowned Frank Rijkaard. We see a similar trend in Iran, where Afshin Ghotbi was replaced by Carlos Queiroz, while Qatar fired their long-serving coach Bruno Metsu and appointed Serbia’s Milovan Rajevac in his place. In fact, wherever ‘the beautiful game’ is followed with passion and sincerity, failures on the field are taken seriously by both the fans and the concerned authorities. Football federations leave no stone unturned to rectify their errors and go ...

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Aftermath of Sepp Blatter’s (s)election

Sepp Blatter might have been re-elected as Fifa’s president for his fourth term but many question the prospect of whether his victory makes the world’s most powerful sports body any stronger. Not only were the elections held under the shadow of fierce criticism and corruption allegations, but to be honest, Sepp Blatter won the presidency not because the member associations had faith in him, but because he was the sole candidate left to elect after Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrew from the two-man contest. However, the allegations that surfaced during the elections have stained the integrity and unity of Fifa and it ...

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Female footballers: Wasted potential

In a time when Pakistan faces multifaceted challenges in the shape of religious militancy and deteriorating security conditions, female footballers across the country have made laudable efforts to help Pakistan to do away with the impression of a bigoted and unsafe country. Despite numerous social and financial obstacles, as well as the unsporting attitude of society, female footballers have taken the game with pride, performed it with passion and as a result spread it to the areas, where tribal and gender insecurity give no space for survival to women. Breaking the chains of conservatism The latest example of this is the ...

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High time Pakistan gets a European football coach

The arrival of Portuguese Carlos Queiroz as the head coach of Iran’s football team is an important development on the Asian football horizon. The versatile tactician has signed a three-year contract with the country renowned for great football credentials, a proud history, talented individual and a good infrastructure. However, there must be reasons that provoked the established football nation to hire a European coach instead of local one. Iran, once a powerhouse of Asian football, is witnessing a decline at international level. It failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and has not won the Asian Cup since 1976. Even ...

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