Emma Alam who is from Pakistan has just made her country proud by winning the 29th World Memory Championship after defeating more than 300 participants from all over the world to achieve the amazing feat. Alam participated in the three-day competition, taking part and competing in more than 10 disciplines, which included, competitors from China, Canada, UK, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Algeria, the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Libya, Qatar, and Iraq.
It should be noted that the World Memory Championships was founded back in 1991 by world-renowned Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene in a bid to highlight the amazing power of human memory and show it to the world. Late Tony Buzan was among the world’s top 5 speakers reported by Forbes Magazine. He is the one behind the idea of mental literacy and its importance in the world. Comversely, Raymond Keene is a Grandmaster of Chess and an appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by her majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Ever since the origin of the championship, the competition has taken place at many high level international venues, which includes; The Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University, Imperial College London, The Royal Festival Hall, Olympia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hainan, and Wuhan. All thanks to the efforts of various parties, notably; World Memory Sports Council, Asia Pacific Memory Sports Council, National Memory Sports Council of Pakistan, and the Global Chief Arbiter Lester He, the World Memory Championships 2020 had adopted online and synchronous mode, where the global memory athlete community competed synchronously in 16 countries and regions all over the world.
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It should be noted that the candidates who had the best, fastest, and sharpest memory skills competed in the competition to showcase their intellectual power and to set a new standard for the immense memorizing capabilities of the human mind.
The Global President of The World Memory Sports Council Raymond Keene, issued an official statement, which stated: ‘The field consisted of an impressive 300 competitors from 16 countries and from this extensive field the winner, the world champion from the 29th World Memory Championship, emerged from the Pakistan team, so excellently and expertly trained by Sania Alam.” He further also congratulated Emma Alam, by mentioning that “one of the great sporting achievers for Pakistan, a unique heroine in the pandemic-stricken 2020, and supreme grand world memory champion for 2020.’’
Emma Alam expressed her delight at the win saying “I had aimed to give my best in WMC 2020, backed by a lot of daily practice for the past two years with my coach and the institute.” She further added that “I plan on competing again next year with even better performance. I congratulate all those amazing competitors who competed from across the globe,”. This is truly a remarkable achievement for her and for Pakistan!