How Sidhu Moose Wala’s Songs United Indian And Pakistani Weightlifters At CWG 2022

Not often do friendship and rivalry co-exist in sports. Especially if the rivalry we’re talking about is between India and Pakistan, which has always been more of a spectacle, where on-field action gets drowned against the force of toxicity and hatred. 

This is where the camaraderie between Gurdeep Singh and Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt – weightlifters from two Punjabs on either side of the Indo-Pak border – comes as a breath of fresh air.

Gurdeep and Nooh were in action during the men’s +109 kg weightlifting final at Commonwealth Games 2022, and both of them walked off with a medal.

Hardwork and dedication leads to outstanding outcomes…this is what Gurdeep Singh has shown by winning the Bronze medal in weightlifting at the CWG. He has furthered the spirit of joy among our citizens. Congratulations and best wishes to him.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 4, 2022

Gurdeep lifted a combined total of 390 kg to become the first Indian to bag a medal in the heavyweight category. He achieved a clean and jerk attempt of 223 kg, which is now a national record, and lifted 167 kg in snatch. If not for a wrist injury that hampered his performance, Gurdeep would have bagged a silver medal.

Brilliant performances! 🇮🇳

Congratulations to the champions

Tejaswin Shankar and Gurdeep Singh for bringing laurels to the Nation by clinching Bronze!🥉 #CWG2022

— Honeypreet Insan (@insan_honey) August 4, 2022

Nooh, meanwhile, lived up to his reputation and lifted a whopping 405 Kg to win the gold medal. Soon after his last attempt, he went looking for his close friend and bronze-medallist Gurdeep, and they posed for the camera.

Congratulations to our heroes Nooh Dastagir Butt and Shah Hussain on their outstanding gold and bronze medal achievements in Commonwealth Games. With the right support and help, sky is the limit for our athletes! Pakistan Zindabad! 🇵🇰

— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 4, 2022

Later in the night, the duo would meet again and jam to Sidhu Moose Wala’s songs, the singer from Punjab who was recently shot to death. 

“Gurdeep and I have been very good friends. After the gold, I first congratulated Gurdeep, and later we did a small celebration where we danced to Moose Wala’s songs,” Nooh told The Indian Express.

Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt wins Pakistan’s first gold of the 2022 CWG in the men’s 109+kg weightlifting category with a total of 405kg (172kg snatch + 232kg. 🇮🇳Gurdeep Dullet wins his first CWG bronze with a total of 390kg (167kg + 223kg). David Liti of NZ gets silver with 394kg

— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) August 3, 2022

Their friendship dates back to 2016, when they met for the first time in the junior championships. Other than musical preferences, they share a pretty similar culture and speak the same language. Nooh also revealed how playing Moose Wala’s songs helped him set the right tempo for the training. 

“When I saw the news of Sidhu Moose Wala’s death, I messaged Gurdeep to confirm. At my home gym, where I train, I played songs like Jatt Da Muqabla and the recently released Song 295 to set the tempo for my training,” said Nooh, whose father was also a weightlifter.

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