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Driven by Passion, Pulled by Purpose

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With the progression of time, many learnings and concepts that were valued and adhered to in the earlier times have died. In this fast-paced world, people who work smarter  and more appreciated than those who work hard. The speed with which the world has evolved has left behind the golden concepts of honesty, hard work, dedication, passion, and perseverance. Today, people lack the spirit of following their goals and dreams and settle for something they do not like. With each passing day, the number of people striving hard for their dreams decreases, and this merely because of the lack of dedication and hard work. The past is full of inspirational stories that motivate a young soul not to lose hope at such an early stage and never stop working for passion, come what may. Among the many stories is Muhammad Tariq Khan’s story.

Anything That Gets Your Blood Racing Is Probably Worth Doing” – Hunter S Thompson

Being true to the quote Muhammad Tariq Khan passionately followed his dream to play badminton and is a notable Pakistani sports personality today. Due to his persistence and dedication, he has been recognized by many reputable national sports institutes and platforms for his valuable contribution to badminton.

Muhammad Tariq Khan had a very different and eventful childhood. As a child, he witnessed how gruesome and cruel people and life can be. He was a child born in the subcontinent and experienced the horrific and historical partition and independence of the two states India and Pakistan.

The badminton champion opened his eyes in Bharatpur, in India, on the 14th of August, 1942. Muhammad Tariq Khan spent his first five years in this Rajasthani city and has vivid memories of him playing through the narrow alleyways with his friends. It was in 1947 that unforeseen chaos had been called upon with the announcement of partition.

The partition of India and Pakistan was a historical and victorious moment for the Muslim majority in India, who have now gotten an entire country to practice, and preach their religion without hesitation and restriction. Muhammad Tariq Khan, along with his father, Mr. Abdul Hameed Khan, and his mother, Mrs. Akhtari Begum, and seven siblings parted ways their loved city and headed towards a new life awaited them in the new state.

With great difficulties and tiresome traveling, the family reached Karachi first and later moved to Rohri, a city in Sindh. The family took their time to settle into the new environment. Soon, Tariq and his siblings were admitted to schools to resume their studies. At school, Tariq developed an interest in playing badminton. At first, he took it as a hobby, but with the passage of time and his parents’ support, he began practicing it regularly. Initially, he practiced badminton by hitting the shuttlecock against the walls of his home. Seeing his increasing passion and love for the sport, his family bought him a net, a few wooden rackets, and a pack of shuttles to practice at home.

Badminton, His First Love

Tariq’s consistent practice and quick learning ability made him an ‘Under 12 Pakistan Champion’ within the first year of playing. As the family had recently migrated, they had to struggle a lot to stabilize themselves. Tariq’s parents worked day in and day out to provide their children the best they could. As a growing kid, Tariq was compassionate and admired his parent’s efforts, so he did not want to burden them with his expenses.

His passion was enough to keep him going. Tariq practiced badminton without a coach. Mr. Masood Khan and Mr. Irshad Ahmed, former Pakistani Badminton Champions, were his inspirations. He often visited the badminton courts only to watch these legends practice and perfect their craft. Tariq picked up a lot of techniques of the game just by watching it.

The self-trained player often played with the Khairpur Division Team. Tariq had perfected his craft so much that he openly challenged the senior players for a friendly match and faced their ferocious attacks with a warm smile.

Although badminton took up most of his time, Tariq never stepped back from his studies. He continued his studies, graduated from Sindh University in 1964, and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

The journey of badminton had just begun for this talented boy. In 1964, he was awarded by the Farhat Nishan Club Rohri for ‘Holding Double Grounds.’ In 1965 he was titled ‘Winner’ for a tournament organized by the Islamia College of Sukkur. In the same year, he was given an award for being a runner-up by the Hyderabad Division Badminton Association.  Mohammad Tariq was attached with sport for forty years and achieved many titles in this era. He was a national badminton champion for 10 years.

It’s A Family Thing

The love for sports ran in the family. It was not only Tariq who was inclined with badminton, but his brothers were too.  Mr. Shakir Abdullah, and Mr. Gulam Abdul Qadir Jillani, both played the sport exceptionally well. Combined practice sessions under Tariq Khan’s guidance made them skilled players too.

Tariq’s cousins, three cousin brothers, Khaliq-Ur-Rehman, Ateeq-Ur-Rehman, and Farooq-Uz-Zaman, were also great players. Badminton became the recognizing and uniting symbol of the family, and the brothers were known as the ‘Six Brothers’ in the entire province.

Restricted to Transform Dreams into Reality

Tariq Khan was ten when he first played badminton. At a very early age, he had decided what he would do in the future.  The young player had a lot of potentials to build a strong career in this sport, but due to financial issues, he could not continue it further.

As a developing country, the chances of him earning by playing the sport were blurry and scarce. Opting for a safer and reliable option, Muhammad Tariq Khan joined Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in 1967.

Although now he had a full-time job and a family to look after, Tariq never deviated from his love for badminton. After the duty hours, he often went to KPT hall to play badminton and made it a regular practice.

His undying love for badminton became even more evident when he won the Pakistan Gym Khana Badminton Championship in 1979 and received a singles trophy.

Badminton was a huge deal at that time in Asia; Tariq’s company often organized matches and encouraged their employees to play. Tariq participated in all the games and won each time. In 1975, he was recognized for his exceptional playing skills in a tournament organized by PIACEU. Muhammed Tariq Khan was the first person to be sanctioned two extra increments by the PIAC Management in 1976. This was just another addition to his long list of achievements.

Today Tariq stands tall with all his achievements under his belt and serves as an inspirational figure for all those who have given up on their dreams or are not motivated enough to do so. He says, “At a young age, parents are a huge influence. My mother has always been supportive; luckily, my entire family has stood beside me through thick and thin. Life becomes so much easy when you have a supportive family. I owe my journey to them

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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What is Adventure Sports Travel Insurance and Who Needs It?

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It isn’t a surprise that odd things happen, especially during travel. And, when you’re engaging in adventure sports or activities, you invite a lot of risks in your life. This is where you need to invest in adventure sports travel insurance. Why? It gives you a little backup when situations go out of control.

Life’s unexpected events occur when we least expect them. No matter whether you’re a travel freak or an athlete, you’ll never wish to cancel a trip or call off adventurous sports participation. A travel insurance plan will cover you from all sides, saving your hospital charges and medical expenditure in a foreign country.

What is adventure sports travel insurance?

Adventure sports travel insurance saves you from extensive hospital bills when you are far away from your homeland. These sports travel insurance plans cover accidents, sickness, travel assistance, accidental deaths, and repatriation of remains, medical emergencies and evacuation, lost luggage, dental care, prescriptions, hospitalization, doctor visits, urgent care, and even COVID-19.

However, there’re multiple policies- all of them are designed to protect you financially in a foreign land when things go awry.

Which sports are covered in sports travel insurance?

Various hazardous sports are played all over the world. Archery, swimming, golf, tennis, cross country, volleyball, track, cheerleading, fencing, karate, gymnastics, hockey, basketball, polo, soccer, ballet, rowing, polo, rugby, equestrian, and lacrosse are some of the sports that are included in sports insurance plans.

Besides, some insurers also offer coverage to extreme sports and high-risk activities like, paragliding, ice climbing, bungee jumping, parachuting, mountaineering, caving, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, running with the bulls, wind surfing, zip lining, hot air ballooning and skydiving- all of them ensuring medical protection.

Who needs sports insurance?

Sports can be either passion or a profession for you. Adventure sports insurance plans are generally purchased by sports fanatics, athletes, runners, players, and even adrenaline junkies. Getting severely injured while playing will not only ruin your future game or trip but will also cost you an arm a leg to get treated.

Sports medical coverage becomes exceptionally crucial when you are traveling outside your country or taking part in perilous activities. Be particular when choosing an insurance plan because not all may fit your needs. Most comprehensive travel plans can cover everything that you need. It’s recommended to talk to your insurer before making a final call.

Any perks?

A lot! Sports health insurance policies cover all activities, from basketball, tennis and golf to river rafting, mountain climbing. No matter which sports you are into, the comprehensive programs can guard you entirely.

Another benefit of getting insured is the protection of luggage and documents. Traveling from one country to another involves various risks, and loss of baggage is one of them. On purchasing medical coverage, you can rest be assured that your belongings are safe.

Additionally, you receive an extended medical benefit that includes doctor fees, hospital charges, prescription drugs and COVID-19 support. Apart from shielding you from a sports injury, the plans safeguard you from other illnesses and unfortunate events.

Let’s sum up!

Adventure sports coverage is essential for everyone, even if you are not a sportsperson. When your sports coverage included in your travel insurance, you can enjoy a stress-free trip and indulge in all the adventurous activities that have been on your wish list.

Overseas adventures can be risky, especially when your friends or families do not accompany you. The best part about this is you can opt for any plan from any part of the country. Review the programs, get the quotes, and then settle for the one that gives you the maximum coverage.

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