Pakistan managed to get decent 18th job title in recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2022 after receiving total of eight medals, including two precious gold ones. Unfortunately, we still have a long time way from the top of a table where kiwis sit comfortably with They have 178 medals, including 67 gold ones. Our sporting rivals, India, managed to do a much better job finishing in fourth place. place with 61 medals and 22 gold – all credit goes to them and their developments in them sports industry.
However, for Pakistan, the stars of in show javelin thrower Arshad Nadim with his record-violation throw of 90.18 meters – creating history becoming first ever South Asian crossed the 90-meter barrier – and weightlifter Nuh Dastagir Butt who managed to raise record 405 kg up to win gold. AT people of Pakistan is very proud of all Commonwealth champions and it was nice to see the flag of Pakistan raised high on repeatedly. These star athletes and competitors is there some more again pointed out that our country is not short on talent, skill and perseverance. But, like previous years, their troubles remain same. Many had to overcome difficulties just participate; many of them are raw talent without proper training or resources; and many had to travel for personal expenses.
Sports federations and government institutions in Pakistan is failed to support to manage and support these world class athletes who constantly performed at the highest level for country. They need to be taught, trained and turned into professional athletes. But mismanagement prevails as Pakistan Boxing Federation recently reported missing of two national Boxers from Birmingham a few days after the conclusion of in games. Might be under investigation, but it doesn’t take long to establish the possibilities of why did this happen. In any case, officials should more vigilant given that many athletes have never had international exposure before.
Published in Express Tribune, 12 August.th2022.
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