BHOPAL: Abdul Samad cannot hear or speak but this is not what distinguishes him from others. His love for hockey and cricket is what makes him special. The 27-year-old goal keeper from Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, plays hockey since he was 10.
While watching his father Abdul Wahab, play hockey for BHEL team, he developed interest in the game. His father knew that it will be difficult for him to play with normal players because of his disabilities and started training him for goal keeping. And since then there has been no looking back for Samad. He has played 10 national matches from hockey academy with normal players for Madhya Pradesh.
Telling about achievements of Samad, his younger brother Abdul Subur said that Samad is not just a brilliant sports person but also a brilliant student. “He has not just won the best goal keeper award in the International Obaidullah Khan Gold cup but has also bagged 20th National sports Times Award and Godfrey Philips bravery award”, said Subur.
Taking about the difficulties, Subur said that Samad was rejected by SAI (Sports authority of India) without trials in the general category and was given a chance after his consistent request for allowing him for the trials. He turned out to be the best goal keeper in the trial”, said Subur. Adding he said, “though he have not faced much problems during his training because he has been very lucky in respect of coaches but what has always held his success back is his inability to talk and hear. Because of this he has been rejected many times from the trials of national team and from railway jobs. Inspired by the movie Iqbal, Samad dreams to be a part of national hockey team one day and he has directed all his efforts towards it”, he said.
The list of achievement does not end here. On November 17, High Range Book of World Records certified him as a national hero in hockey, who overcame his physical disabilities and became an inspiration for the youngsters. Shrikanth Khare, HRBWR said that Samad has a very inspirational story and that is why we chose him for the award. “He has the potential and has a story of immense dedication which can inspire many youngsters to achieve what they want despite disabilities and discomforts”, said Khare.