Bhai Ammaar Ghadiyali (son of Bhai Shabbir Ghadiyali,) has been chosen to represent Tanzania in swimming – 100 metres freestyle for the London Olympics 2012.
He won the Tanzania National Championship at 14 years of age in 2011, and will be one of the youngest swimmers in the competition. He is the youngest mumin to represent a country at a world sporting event and the youngest participant from Tanzania at the Olympics.
Ammaar’s journey to swimming success started back in 2005 when he started competing in local tournaments. His first international championship was in Zambia in 2008 and since then he has represented the country in international meets in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.
He represented Tanzania at the 14th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Championships held in Shanghai, China, in July 2011, which served as a qualifying event for the London Olympics 2012. He managed to qualify during the recently held (May 2012) FINA sanctioned championship in Messina, Italy. His personal best time over the 100 metres distance is 1 min 3.98 seconds (1.03.98).
On the eve of departure, he called upon Janaab Aamilsaheb, Shk. Tayabali Shk. Hamzabhai Patanwalla at Qasr Mubarak for a farewell. With Aqa Maula’s (TUS) Doa mubarak, Janaab Aamilsaheb wished Ammaar all the best in his quest for Olympic glory. He was also felicitated by London Aamilsaheb Janaab Dr. Idris Bhaisaheb Zainuddin and the Aayanul Jamaat of Anjuman-e-Burhani London where the whole community wished him all the best.
Ammaar competed in the London Olympics on 13 Ramazaa-al-Moazzam 1433H, Tuesday 31st July 2012 at 10.00 am (GMT) London time. Mumineen across the world watched him, along with his school in Dar-es-Salaam who were granted a break in the main hall.
Ammaar ranked 3rd in his heat (group), and beat his personal best record by approximately three seconds.
We pray that Bhai Ammaar succeeds with the Dua Mubarak of Huzurala TUS and Mufaddal Moula TUS. Aaqir ma Dua for Ta-roze-Qayamat for our beloved Huzurala Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS and his Mansoos Syedi Wa Maulaya Aali Qadr Mufaddal Bhai Saheb Saifuddin Saheb TUS. Aameen!
Results for Ammaar Ghadiyali
Date – 31 Jul
Event – Men’s 100m Freestyle Heats, Heat 1
Rank – 3
Photos provided courtesy of Mulla Abduttayyeb Shk Asgarali Hassanali, report by Shabbir bhai Ghadiyali (Father of Ammaar Ghadiyali)