Published On: Wed, May 11th, 2016

Olympics’ with lowest representation of Pakistan


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Olympics are on its way. Almost all the countries have done for the participation but Pakistan is, anticipated, going to represent an all-time low number of participants this time, with just five national athletes probable to move to Rio de Janeiro on the basis of ‘universality places’.

Up to now, Pakistan has unsuccessful to meet the criteria for any occasion in the Games with the foremost miss being field hockey. In the meantime, the much latest collapses to be eligible for the Games came in boxing, wrestling and weightlifting.

The lowest number of Pakistan’s representatives at the Olympics was 21 in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and that number chiefly comprises of hockey players. Two participants in athletics, two swimmers and one shooter made up the remaining hurdles.

This time Pakistan perhaps send only five athletes, yet the national hockey team has unsuccessful to participate in the Olympics for the initial time in history.

The possible athletes are relying on the universality posts policy, in which the International Olympic Committee give wild card entries to the countries that are unsuccessful to qualify in any occasion.

Rashed Malik, Pakistan Weightlifting Federation Vice-President, stated in an interview that “It’s a disaster, primarily because there has never been concrete planning for Olympics by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Pakistan Olympic Association,” he further added as, “Every country in the world starts preparations for Olympics at least eight years before their targeted event. In Pakistan, nothing gets done because of a lack of interest and planning.”

In the meantime, wrestler Muhammad Inam considers it makes the athletes appear bad, though they make efforts on their own but are beaten because of a lack of support and contact to the right training and tournaments.

Inam added that “We don’t do anything like the countries that want to win medals at the Olympics,” Inam continued as, “Even India sends its wrestlers for Olympic preparations to Georgia, what did our federation or government do?”

Akhtar Ganjera, PSB Director General, asserted as, “The federations never gave us the plan for the Olympics, nor did they convey any indication of serious preparations,” he added, “They can’t blame us for their lack of planning.”

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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.