Shafiq Muhammad Atif

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Shafiq Muhammad Atif

I am thankful for the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. If they did not support me, it would be very difficult for me to study here. I am happy that I got a chance to study here. I learned lots of new things: I learned a lot from the best teachers, from the students, from the environment. It was an amazing experience. I was a national champion of swimming. I finished my first Master in Pakistan in physical education and I am serving as a lecturer of physical education. I am working with the Pakistan Swimming Federation. This is not my final degree, I am planning to go further for the PhD as well. I have a good offer from the government of Pakistan regarding sports. The government of Pakistan is sending people abroad for PhDs. They are also recruiting Pakistani who have high education in sports field. I will work for my country. Within 5 years I will be in a good position in Pakistan Swimming Federation, and I will be a part of National Federation. As for the study program, the quality of knowledge, which I got here is very high. My living experience in Sochi was amazing. I traveled in Europe, America, Canada and I found racism all over there. But here in Russia I never found any person who disliked you or disliked anybody due to the color, clothes, or anything. If someone asks me to rank the country, I will say Russia is the best. This is my word from the core of my heart. I asked my wife to apply to study at the RIOU. She will come for the next year. I hope the Potanin Foundation will grant the scholarship for her.