Published On: Sat, May 28th, 2016

Athletes need right training




Liaqat Ali is the Pakistan’s fastest 100m and 200m sprinter and he states the cause Pakistani athletes are incapable of shining in international competitions is their bad standard of coaching and training.

Just two Pakistani athletes have been provided with the wild card entry at the Rio Olympics; however Ali thinks that they are not having the exact training and coaching.

Ali was stating in an interview that “We have the talent to beat others if we’re given the right training,”

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He further stated that the training competencies they utilize prior to any competition hardly meet international standards. He continued by saying that “Our coach Maqsood Ahmed is a good coach and he also feels that we have to improve our training before anything else.”

Ali added that though national athletes coach hard, their endeavors will just induce when the excellence of training improves.

Ali said “I request the authorities to help athletes polish their skills by training abroad,” he continued “China is the most economical option and we also have good relations with them. We should be sent there.”

The sprinter articulates that for any athlete, Olympics is the eventual dream and whoever goes to Rio will require the best practicing they can obtain.

In the meantime, the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has determined to alter the entries given to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for Rio, as two players played amazingly well in the latest National Athletics Championships.

Previously, Maria Maratab was titled in the 100m obstacles and Muhammad Ikram for the 800m race. Though, the federation altered its mentality subsequent to Mehboob Ali broke a 12-year-old record in the 400m race and Najma Parveen won six gold medals in the championship.

The AFP has appealed to the IAAF to endorse the alterations but has so far to get verification. The federation added that if the international body rejects to make the alterations, they will not send any further athletes because they consider no one else can create the consequences.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.