Olympics in Tokyo: Pakistan’s javelin thrower to Kazakhstan for preparation
Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem vowed to make the best out of his training opportunity in Kazakhstan on Monday. Four-time national champion, Arshad Nadeem is the first Pakistani to directly qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and lead the country in the global athletic competition.
“Yeah, I’m very excited, and I’m looking forward to training in Kazakhstan,” Mian Channu told The News from his hometown. For him the Pakistan Athletics Federation (AFP) has handled international training. He will be sent to Kazakhstan sometime next month as flights to that country resume.
Arshad said the training would be enough for quality practise for about eight months. “Eight months is going to be enough time and if the coach is successful then I’ll really enjoy my training stint abroad,” said Arshad, a bronze medallist at the 2018 Asian Games.
After achieving an 86.29 m throw at last year’s 13th South Asian Games in Nepal Arshad qualified for Tokyo Olympics. The standard to qualify was 85 metres. Arshad and four other athletes were then sent to China for training but the trip was cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Arshad also met with Major General (retd) Akram Sahi, leader of the AFP, in Lahore.
On the occasion even his coach Fayyaz Hussain Bukhari was present. Arshad said he was very glad to see the AFP leader. “General Sahib was glad to see my health I held during the lockdown,” he said. Arshad will also compete in the Asian Championship prior to the Olympics, which will be hosted early next year.