Islamabad-Archer Kalsoom Ahmed is keen to excel in the game of archer and wants to help the country win laurels at international level.

Talking to The Nation, Kalsoom said: “I had played squash, basketball, athletics, volleyball and football at school and college level. I was champion of squash in college, but after developing differences with coach and some domestic issues, I stopped playing squash. I could have easily won medals at international level, as squash was my passion, but it was quite painful to leave the sport of your liking.

"After quitting squash and other sports, on the strong advice of friends and well-wishers, I started taking interest in archery and after a few months training, I was selected for Islamabad archery camp, which was established to select capital women team for National Archery Championship to be held in Karachi, which was later postponed. I am grateful to Rana Tanveer Ahmed and especially my coach M Asghar, who worked really hard on me and in a short span of time, improved my skills in archery,” she added.

To a query reagrding performing at higher level, she said: “When there is a will there is a way. It doesn’t matter how much time or years one has spent, the thing that matters is that how well you have learnt and adapted to the sport. I am confident enough I can compete with any given athlete and will give my more than 100 percent. It depends on archery federation if they provide me with an opportunity. I am sure I will not disappoint them.”

To another query about training abroad, Kalsoom replied: “If my department Pakistan Sports Board supports me and spares me, I can proceed abroad for top level training which will help me excel at national and international level.”

“Sports is my life. I have joined the PSB with the purpose of helping sports in the best possible manner. PSB DG Dr AKhtar Nawaz Ganjera is a keen sports lover and an athlete himself. I am sure he will not only buck me up like he always did but to others female employees, who want to try their luck in sports,” Kalsoom concluded.