ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's judo and ju-jitsu female player Beenish Khan is waiting anxiously to hear a few words of appreciation from Prime Minister or President.

Talking to The Nation after returning from Nepal where she silver medal, Beenish, who had won gold medal in 6th South Asian Judo Championship and also national champion since 2005, said: “I have won 13 gold medals at national level and I am No 1 judo player in -63kg weight category. I represented the country in -78kg weight category in South Asian Judo Championship in Nepal and managed to first win individual silver medal and then helped the team to win bronze medal.”

She further said: “I belong to a sporting family as my other two sisters are also national color holders. My father held record for Railways for 10 years in boxing and my mother was a swimmer and athlete. My sister Gul Zaman Khan was -57kg gold medallist and other sister Riffat Khan has won a number of titles in squash. But it hurts when nobody from the top even say a few words of appreciation, offering incentives is a far cry.”

“I was national champion in squash at early age, but due to politics in the game, I decided to quit it and opted to play judo and ju-jitsu. I am being coached by national judo player Sir Rasheed, who is our national coach, we were promised to provide Rs 2 million but we have not yet received a single penny,” she asserted.

“I had won gold medal in ju-jitsu and won silver medal in Punjab Youth Festival in 2012 losing final against Russian girl. I had beaten Korean, Nepalese girls in the event. I had played in Kuwait, Iran, India and Nepal and gave my best to earn glory for the country. I expect better treatment from the top brass as I am practicing hard for the upcoming SAF Games set to be held in India this year. I had set my sights on winning another international gold medal for the country, but to achieve this, I need financial assistance and any further delay in this regard will make my task very difficult,” she added.

“My main objective is to win international competitions and for this purpose, I have to participate in maximum international events to gain much-needed international exposure and it will also help me improve my international rankings,” she stated.

“Wapda has provided me job, but even my department has not yet announced any incentive. We belong to a relatively poor background and it is my request to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to look into this matter of highly injustice. Our family brought laurels for the country at international level and we deserve better treatment,” Beenish concluded.