LAHORE-After winning three medals (two silver and one bronze) in Asian Beach Championship in Sri Lanka, Beenish Khan is eager to earn more medals for Pakistan in the 5th Asian Beach Games to be held in Vietnam.

Talking to The Nation, Beenish, who is also a judo player and a bright product of judo officials and coaches Naveed Ahmad and Shahid Javed, said: “I have won three medals in the Asian Beach Ju-Jitsu Championship held in Sri Lanka. I won two silvers in +70 and open category while won bronze also in open category. I am very delighted with this medal winning performance.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan ju-jitsu team played superbly in the Asian Beach Ju-Jitsu Championship held at Negombo beach and managed to clinch 15 medals which is so far highly appreciable performance by the green caps in the international event.

“It was our first ever Asian Beach Championship participation and also first ever medal victories there, which we were not expecting in the presence of highly well-prepared and facilitated teams from other countries. But it is also fact that we worked really hard under our coaches, who prepared us well and helped us finished at the podiums,” she added.

Speaking about her next target, Beenish said: “The next event we are going to feature in is Asian Beach Games 2016 to be held Vietnam from September 24 this year. We have been preparing well for the upcoming event and this medal-winning performance has also boosted our morale to win more medals for our country in the Games.”

Beenish, who has four sisters and all are athletes, lamented that despite winning a great number of medals and trophies, which had almost filled my home, nobody in the government and sports authorities had bothered to announce a cash reward for her or for other athletes. “I have honour of winning medal in SAF Games held in India, but neither was I appreciated for this achievement nor any cash award announced for me. On the other hand, hockey team was awarded cash awards.”

She urged the government and sports authorities to treat every game and athlete equally and not only motivate the medal winning players but also announce cash rewards for them, as it would encourage the athletes win more and more medals for the country.