Wasim Akram has been fighting against diabetes since 1997 © Getty Images
Wasim Akram has been fighting against diabetes since 1997 © Getty Images


Lahore: Nov 29, 2013


Popular Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram Thursday said he will receive the first-ever young leader’s award in sports for his fight against diabetes in a congress in Melbourne.


The 47-year-old, renowned for his left-arm pace bowling, has been fighting against the disease since 1997.


“I have fought against diabetes because of my discipline and hard work and the young leader’s award will be a just reward for my discipline,” Wasim told AFP.


Wasim will get the award during the World Diabetes Congress to be held in Melbourne, Australia from December 2-6. The International Diabetic Foundation will be organising the congress.


Wasim, who took 414 Tests and 502 one-day wickets, will also deliver lecture to help create awareness on diabetes.


“There is a need to create an awareness about diabetes because a lot of people don’t know about it and think that it’s not curable,” said Wasim, declared player of the match in Pakistan’s World Cup win against England in Australia in 1992.


According to the World Health Organisation statement of 2011 around 12.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Pakistan.


Wasim said he will also give coaching on how to deal with the disease. “I will give lectures and will coach people on how to cure the disease through exercise and balanced diet and share my experiences with those afflicted with the disease,” stated Wasim.


Wasim married Australian Shaniera Thompson in August this year — his second wife after his first died in October 2009.