NEW YORK: Leading Pakistani cricketer Sana Mir and six other trailblazing women from Asian countries were honoured with the ‘2019 Asia Society Game Changers award’ at a glittering ceremony held on Thursday night in recognition of their transformative impact in Asia and beyond. “Sana Mir is first and foremost a true champion in her field, she’s also a champion for millions of girls and young women on the field and off,” Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Asia Society Co-Chairperson, said while presenting her with the award. “As a child growing up in Pakistan, Sana Mir saw few other girls – and even fewer women – playing the national sport: cricket. Refusing to let that stop her, Sana joined the country’s fledgling women’s cricket team and went on to become its captain and eventually the top female cricketers in the world,” Ambassador Chan told a large and distinguished guests at a top hotel. Sana Mir , who is also an Asia 21 young leader, dedicated her award to those standing up for climate change, to women helping each other, and, particularly, to children of war-torn nations. “My prayer today is that the leaders of today and tomorrow see the world through the lens of the child, the way the child sees the world, so we can safeguard their rights without regard to the colour of their skin, race, religion, or nationality,” she said.
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“I am truly humbled and honoured to receive this award alongside amazing world leaders,” Sana Mir told APP afterwards. “I am super proud to represent my country and the sport of cricket.”
The other awardees include Japan’s Yuriko Koike, the current and first female governor of Tokyo, China’s Jane Jie Sun, the leader of Ctrip, a 25-billion dollar travel company in China, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi from UAE, a pioneer in the art world who has promoted greater cultural understanding and exchange in the Middle East and around the world, and Chhaya Sharma, a senior Indian police officer who leads a team of investigators to solve some of New Delhi’s toughest crimes.
— Sana Mir ثناء میر (@mir_sana05) October 23, 2019
Earlier Malala Yousafzai has also received the prestigious award. This is the first time in the five-year history of Asia Society’s awards that all awardees were women.