Since he was a child, Asad Jooma has dreamed of competing in the biggest international gymnastics competitions.
On Wednesday, Jooma, who has already represented UIC at the NCAA National Championships, left Chicago to begin a journey that he hopes will be just the first step toward achieving his loftiest goals.
Through persistence and some fortunate twists of fate, Jooma will represent Pakistan in the Asian Games in Indonesia starting August 18.
“I’m really excited,” Jooma said before departing. “For many people this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am fortunate that there are more international competitions coming up in the next two years, and if I do well this time I may be able to represent Pakistan again in the near future.”