Pakistan does not have the brightest history when it comes to the Olympics but that does not mean we don’t have the talent, it’s just that we don’t know how to cherish these individuals and our government in that regard, does not provide our talent with the necessary support. One such individual is javelin thrower Pakistanis Olympic Arshad Nadeem who is set to change things. Pakistanis Olympic Nadeem has been given the opportunity to get training in Kazakhstan and he has promised his country that he is going to reap maximum benefit out of his training opportunity in Kazakhstan.
Pakistanis Olympic Arshad Nadeem, who is also a four-time national champion, is the first Pakistani to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021 directly and represent the country at the global sports competition set to be held in August 2021. While talking from his hometown of Mian Channu with The News, Nadeem said that “Yes, I am very excited and am looking forward to training in Kazakhstan,”
In retrospect, the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has managed foreign training for him and he shall be to Kazakhstan when flight operations to the country resume which is expected to be by next month . Arshad said that the training is going to last for around eight months and should be enough for game-ready preparation. “Eight months will be enough time and if the coach is good then I will really enjoy my training stint abroad,” said the 2018 Asian games, bronze medalist.
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It should also be noted that Javelin master qualified for Tokyo Olympics after he managed an excellent 86.29m throw during the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal last year. The qualifying standard was 85 metre. Arshad was then sent to China along with four other athletes for training but the tour had to be halted due to pandemic crisis that surrounds the world now.
Arshad has already met with the AFP chief Major General (retd) Akram Sahi in Lahore. His coach Fayyaz Hussain Bukhari was along side him while meeting the chief. Arshad said that the AFP chief were very happy to have him on board, he added that “General Sahib was happy to see my fitness which I maintained during the lockdown,” Before the Olympics start in Tokyo, Arshad will also feature in the Asian Championship which will be held early next year.