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Haider Ali



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
F37, T37

Further personal information

Gujranwala, PAK
Athlete, Public Servant
English, Punjabi, Urdu

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport seriously in 2004.
Why this sport?
"I love sports. It is a big source of rehabilitation, especially for Para athletes. I was very much fond of athletics since a very young age. It was only during my college days that I was introduced to the sport with proper guidance. And eventually I started bunking my classes to attend training sessions for long jump and discus throw sessions. In January 2006, the trials for the Pakistan national Para athletics team were held in Islamabad and I eventually made it to the team. There was no looking back after that."
Name of coach
Akbar Ali Mughal, PAK, from 2006

International debut

Competing for
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F37/38 long jump at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. "It was an unbelievable moment for me. Right from making Pakistan proud, witnessing the national flag being raised, the cheering and appreciation from people from across the globe, everything was very emotional." (, 14 Jul 2020; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
National Paralympic Committee of Pakistan secretary Imran Jamil Shami. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, coach Akbar Ali Mughal. (, 14 Jul 2020; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
He was troubled by a hamstring injury at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 06 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[Usain] Bolt has shown the world that nothing is impossible. Despite coming from an unprivileged background, he achieved what nobody else in sprint and track could accomplish. He makes us believe in our dreams and that hard work and perseverance always pay off." (, 14 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
He was Pakistan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)
He won Pakistan's first medal in any sport at the Paralympic Games, when he claimed silver in the F37/38 long jump at the 2008 Games in Beijing. At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, he became the first athlete representing Pakistan in any sport to win more than one Paralympic medal when he claimed bronze in the T37 long jump. (, 14 Jul 2020)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 14 Jul 2020)
He has had hemiparesis that affects the right side of his body since birth. (, 14 Jul 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Final Round 9
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 1 5
Men's Long Jump F37/38 Final Round 2
Men's Discus Throw F37/38 Final Round 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Final Round 2012-09-01 9
Men's Long Jump F37/38 Final Round 2012-09-05 9999
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T38 Final 1 2015-10-25 9999
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2015-10-30 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T37 Final Round 2016-09-13 3