Lahore: (Staff Report) After becoming Pakistan’s first female badminton player to break into the top 150 in the world ranking, national badminton champion Mahoor Shahzad is now eyeing Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Shehzad, 22, in an interview with a private media outlet, said that “I always knew there was no shortcut to hard work and I have worked hard enough to achieve this milestone”.
She further said that she was “very much driven” for success and “looking ahead” because it is “still a long way to go”. Her longterm goal, she said, was to “constantly move up the ladder”.
Shehzad, an Institute of Business Administration (IBA) alumna, went on to disclose that “I am currently aiming for the holy grail – qualification for Summer Olympics 2020.”
“Every day is a struggle and I’m working extremely hard to represent Pakistan in Tokyo next summer,” she said.
Earlier on August 2, Shehzad made history after she became the first-ever female badminton player of Pakistan to reach 150 in the world ranking. She is currently ranked world number 149 in the singles rankings.
“With immense pleasure I inform you all that my world ranking has increased to 149 Alhumdulillah, making me the first-ever female badminton player of Pakistan to reach 150 in the world ranking,” she had tweeted.