The Chief Minister said that despite suffering from polio in childhood, Naveed Ahmed Butt has won laurels for Pakistan by winning the title of Natural Mr. Olympia. He said that the nation is proud of talented youth like Naveed Ahmed Butt.
Polio may have atrophied one leg of Naveed Ahmed Butt in childhood but it could not weaken his indomitable resolve to compete that culminated in his gold medal victory at the Natural Olympia in San Diego, California.
“It was a tremendous feeling of fulfillment, when I achieved the feat with the name of Pakistan mentioned as the country of the winning bodybuilder in my category, it brought tears of joy in my eyes” Butt told APP in Virginia, where Wasim Khan, a Pakistani-American, hosted a reception to honor the bodybuilder.
The Lahore-based Naveed Butt said he had traveled to the United States for the competition on his own with no financial help from any quarter. “I spent all my money — I sold my motorbike, my bodybuilding club and also borrowed money from my brother— to train, travel and enter into the competition,” said Naveed Butt, who has pursued bodybuilding as passion of his life.
Bodybuilders from dozens of countries from around the world including neighboring India participated in the event.
Naveed Butt realized his dream of holding aloft the shimmering gold star at the 2013 International Natural Bodybuilding Association in the Physically Challenged – Wheelchair bodybuilding category, a fortnight ago.