Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver

by CyclingTips

While the bright lights and world attention of the Rio Olympics is nearly upon us, those lights quickly fade more many athletes soon after the closing ceremonies. Cyclist Muhammad Ashiq rode for Pakistan in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, and was lauded as a national hero at the time. Though that is about as far away as possible for the now 81-year-old, as he survives pedaling a rickshaw around the streets of Lahore.

“I just recall that I have shaken hands with… former Pakistani prime ministers, presidents, chief executives,” he told AFP in tears. “I was so happy… I considered myself lucky to represent Pakistan in the Olympics.”

Since then he had a PR job that he left for health reasons and bounced around other odd jobs and failed small business ideas, until ultimately falling into rickshaw driving for the past six years. His wife tried to pull him out of lamenting his fall from hero status.

It worked for a while but his wife has since passed away, and now he prays for death.

“I pray… to meet my beloved wife in heaven. I think it is better to avoid this pathetic situation I have endured,” he said.

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