Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan Thursday awarded Rs. 0.2 million for promising tennis star Hamza Roman Gul, who won the ITF U12 Asian Tennis Team Championship for the first time for Pakistan.
The cash prize of Rs. 0.2 million was awarded to him by Secretary Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abid Majeed on behalf of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was also garlanded the young champion soon after arrival.
The DG Sports Asfandyar Khattak, Director Operation Syed Saqlain Shah, Deputy Director Youth Azizullah Khan, Administrator Peshawar Sports Complex Jafar Shah, DSO Tehseenullah, Director Development Saleem Raza and his coach and father Roman Gul were also present on the occasion.
Appreciating his victory, he hoped that the time would come when people would remember Hamza Roman as Roger Federer of Pakistan. He assured full support from the provincial government for further success of Hamza and handed a cash of Rs. 02 million.
Hamza Roman later told the media men that Pakistan, India and Thailand, including Kazakhstan, hosted the ITF U12 Asian Team Tennis Championship. A total of eight countries including Egypt, Uzbekistan participated and among them he (Hamza). Our Pakistani team defeated India, Egypt, Thailand and then Kazakhstan in the final.
The other members of the team included Abu Bakr and Michael Ali Shah. “I won the ITF U12 Asian team tennis for the first time and now I have started preparing for the ITF U12 competition in Islamabad next year,” Hamza said.
“I am trying my best to win more such competition in the days to come and for this I have to work hard,” Hamza Roman said.
“I would win back the name for my motherland like Hameed Ul Haq, Rasheed Ul Haq, Aqeel Khan, Aisam Ul Haq Qurashi and other tennis players of the country. “It is my dream and for this I have to work hard,” he added.
The facilities are very modern but thank Almighty Allah Directorate General extended all out support to me and to my ailing father and directorate Tennis coach Roman Gul,” Hamza Roman said. We all team members played the game with the spirit of victory and dedication and despite our limited resources and facilities, our team performed well,” Hamza said.
“It is my dream to become Roger Federer of Pakistan because from day one I’m copying his strokes, rallies and forceful serves,” Hamza Roman said. He also thanked Secretary Sports Abid Majeed, DG Sports Asfandyar Khan Khattak, Chairman KP Tennis Association Dr. Tahir, Dr. Farhat Abbas, and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for supporting me and other players with the monthly stipend.