KARACHI – Syed Osama Mustafa, a 25 year old special athlete from Karachi, is representing Pakistan in Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games, being held in New Castle Australia from 1st to 7 December 2013.
Once labelled by the doctors as the ‘slow learner’ in his early childhood, Syed Osama has proved himself as an explosive runner on the track, having won numerous competitions at the school and regional levels.
Studying in class named ‘Senior 3’ at the Institute of Behavioral Psychology (IBP) Khayaban-e-Bader, D.H.A, Karachi, Syed Osama Mustafa will participate in 100-meter race in the upcoming mega event. Having 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries, the Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities.
A ‘Slow Learner’, medically speaking, is a child whose IQ is low enough to cause difficulty in learning in conventional educational settings. The average IQ of slow learners remains around 100, and manage to score between 70 and 90 on IQ tests.
“Slow learners are not mentally retarded, as a majority of people wrongly perceives”, Mr. Syed Aziz Mustafa, the father of Syed Osama, added. “Osama has been the hardworking boy since his childhood, and I feel pride when my son representing the country despite being the physically-challenged medically”, Mr. Mustafa explained. Syed Umair Mustafa, an elder brother of Osama, also added that Osama, himself, believes in winning positively, and it’s his deep love with the country which has helped him now represent Pakistan on an international level.