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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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How to Bet on the NFL

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When people enter the sports betting markets, they tend to focus on events that they know. In regard to online betting, soccer is the most popular option among customers, followed by horse racing and that tells us a lot.

Punters stay with what feels comfortable while other sports such as NFL, might seem daunting by comparison. Experienced members of the betting community will, however, be aware that American football can provide strong options and some good value.

When studied in closer detail, there really isn’t anything to be concerned about. It may be a complex sport that some have described as ‘human chess’ but betting on the NFL is really quite straightforward.

The Basics

Before betting on any sport, there are some basic rules to follow. Firstly, we want to be using a trusted sport betting site that provides a wide range of markets along with competitive odds. Choice and value are paramount, irrespective of whether we’re betting on soccer, NFL or water polo so remember to take care on those elementary elements.

Safety and security are also vital so look to play with an established site that is transparent in terms of its license and registration while outlining all the measures that they take in order to encrypt and protect your sensitive information.

Place Your Bets

All sports and divisions can have their own terminology and the NFL is no exception. To start with the very basics, we’ll open with the moneyline bet which is referred to as a ‘result’ market in other parts of the world. Whatever it may be called, the concept is a simple one and it relates to which of the two teams involved is going to win a specific match.

Your chosen sportsbook will show odds for both teams and it’s the job of the bettor to decide which of them is going to win. As with any sporting event, research can be key to making the correct call here. Recent form should be assessed while head to head statistics relating to previous matches between the two franchises can also be vital.

It’s the obvious place to start for those who are new to NFL betting but experienced players also like to get involved as this is the most elementary pick. Beyond the moneyline market, there are many other options to consider.

Understanding Props

Another common term used in NFL and wider sports betting is the ‘prop’. Referred to as a side market in other areas, a prop relates to a market that doesn’t necessarily affect the result of the game.

A good example in this case is Totals betting which relates to the number of points scored during a game. The Packers and the Jets might score a combined total of 60 points during their match but that doesn’t tell us which side has won. That’s the essence of a prop – a side bet that doesn’t directly relate to the result.

When a sportsbook quotes for Totals betting, they are setting lines and it’s the job of the bettor to stake Over or Under that line. A typical line might be set at 49.5 so, in that scenario of 60 points in our notional game between the Packers and the Jets. anyone staking Over the 49.5 line would have claimed a profit.

As with the moneyline bet, punters can help their cause by doing some research into the upcoming match. If the Packers and the Jets are in good form with lots of touchdowns landing, then the conclusion might be that you should bet Over the 49.5 line. If the reverse is true, then you may be looking to go Under that mark.

On the Spread

Another popular side bet for many NFL matches is the points spread. This is known as a handicap elsewhere and it involves giving one team a notional head starts in order to tweak the odds.

For this example, we’ll say that the Packers are a short price of -150 to beat the Giants in the regular moneyline market. By giving the Giants a 7.5 points head start, however, we might lift the Packers’ odds to +150. In order to deliver the profit, the Packers must win the game by at least eight points.

What a Tease

If one bet isn’t enough, it is possible to consider parlays and teasers. Both terms are commonly used to cover multiple bets where two or more stakes are combined. So, you might bet on both the Patriots and the Raiders to win their weekend matches. The multiple bets works well in the moneyline markets, but it can also be used for any of the prop bets that we’ve mentioned here.

The returns can be excellent, but exposure is increased and both of those selections – the Patriots and the Raiders – need to win in order to collect a profit. If one or both teams lose, the stake is lost.

Your Choice

There are pros and cons to each of the markets that we’ve mentioned in this round up. Many bettors prefer to keep it simple and stay with the moneyline bet. Exposure is lower and shocks are relatively rare in the straight result betting.

It’s all about personal preference so find your own niche after understanding all of the options. It may not be the obvious choice, but the NFL offers many possibilities for the betting community.

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