Emma Alam makes Pakistan proud

F.P. Report

Washington DC: A talented young girl from Pakistan Emma Alam has competed in various memory championships by competing against more than 300 competitors from all over the world and beating them all in the 29th World Memory Championships global finals.

Participants from China, Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Algeria, United States, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Libya, Qatar and Iraq competed against each other in over 10 disciplines in three-day competition which Emma not only won but broke multiple world records along with her fellow participant, Syeda Kisa Zehra from Team Pakistan.

Founded by world-renowned Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene in 1991, the World Memory Championships aims to shine a global spotlight on the incredible power of human memory. The candidates with the best, fastest and sharpest memory skills competed to demonstrate their intellectual power and to set new heights of what the human memory can truly achieve.

Raymond Keene is Grandmaster of Chess and an appointed officer of the order of the British Empire by her majesty Queen Elizabeth while the late Tony Buzan was the world’s top five speakers reported by Forbes Magazine. He was the one who popularized the idea of mental literacy as well as being the author/co-author of more than 80 books.

Since its foundation in 1991, the championship has travelled to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University, Imperial College London, The Royal Festival Hall, Olympia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hainan and Wuhan (in 2019).

Commenting on the award, Emma Alam said that “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. It still astonishes me how powerful the mechanism of human memory is and the brain’s infinite information storage system.”

Raymond Keene, global president of the World Memory Sports Council, in his official statement quoted that “The one shining exception was the 29th World Memory Championship, which by a miracle of organisation and global coordination, was successfully put together by our dedicated team, with the Chinese City of SANYA as its base,” He also congratulated Emma Alam saying she is “one of the great sporting achievers for Pakistan, a unique heroine in pandemic stricken 2020, and supreme grand world memory champion for 2020”.