In the 67 kg weightlifting class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Pakistani weightlifter Talha Talib became an instant sensation after defying all odds to finish in fifth place, defying all expectations. Despite receiving minimal backing from the country’s officials, Talha managed to outperform expectations and just lost out on a bronze medal by just 2 kilograms (2.2 pounds).
Thousands of people congratulated Talha on her outstanding achievement on social media, and many people expressed their gratitude for her efforts. His accomplishment also served to bring attention to the inadequate facilities and training conditions in which athletes are forced to compete, as well as to the bad management of the Pakistan Sports Board, which sparked a public outcry in the country (PSB).
In this year’s Olympics, Talha is one of only ten athletes from Pakistan who will compete, and the country’s citizens have begun to question the government’s failure to encourage various sports in the country. Despite the fact that the government made a series of terrible mistakes, Talha was lauded as a national hero.
Allow me to share some of the top social media reactions with you:
He fell, but stood up and made Pakistan proud, great effort Talha Talib! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ic6TXdCXWT
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) July 25, 2021
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) July 25, 2021
— Abdul Ghaffar (Replay, Dawn News) (@GhaffarDawnNews) July 25, 2021
Hats off to #TalhaTalib!! Welldone Talha for making the whole country proud of you. Remarkable achievement despite challenges, lack of facilities and support.
Pakistan Sports Board needs to wake up. Major improvements needed. #SupportPakistanTalent #Olympics pic.twitter.com/z11bqL1hZK
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) July 25, 2021
Ur passion & hard work leads u to be a Achiever. Congratulations #TalhaTalib 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #Olympics . U made Pakistan 🇵🇰 proud. Ppl or federations not supporting Athletes like u by not providing necessary facilities should be accountable pic.twitter.com/GjxsAmFEJQ
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) July 25, 2021