Pakistan has been remarkably great in almost every aspect of the modern world- be it the CSS exams, scientific advancements or sports. Olympics has been the prime event of sportsman spirit throughout the world. Since 1948 Pakistan has been participating too and showcasing talent leading to 2 medals previously.
In 2021, Arshad Nadeem appeared as the emerging star; the man of light in Pakistan. Arshad Nadeem is the prime example of not just a player, but hope. A man who despite havng limited resources and thr pandemic, made sure to give his best in the great event. Olympics has been Pakistan’s dream, a dream which seemed too far apart. But isn’t the 5th position too close to it?
It seems a loss to many, however, it is a sign of talent and victory. Not just for Arshad, but the entire country. Pakistan is no less than anyone else. Arshad won his first International medal, a bronze at South Asian Games in 2016. Following the victory, he also received bronze medals at 2016 Asian Junior athletics Championship as well as 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. With difficulty training due to the pandemic and limited resources in our country, he still made it to the finals which was a great big deal for Pakistan.
He made a new record in Javelin throw with a distance of 86.29m, thus securing a place in 2020 Summer Olympics. He is the first and only track and field athlete in Pakistan to participate in a prestigious event like the Olympics. He debuted 5th position and created an example of hardwork and patriotism.
82.4m in his first throw, foul on his second and 84.62m in the third throw made him reach to the fourth place. As the fifth throw landed at 82.91m he could make it to the fifth position. Pakistanis were excited as well as nervous and the coach Fayyaz Hussain Bokhari waved the flag in patriotism. The country stood together in support of the great player.
TalhaTalib, another shining star of Pakistan, won Silver medal in 56 kg category of Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games 2015. At the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Championships in Penang, he was named Best Weightlifter.
In the Asian Championship 2020, Talha won a bronze medal by lifting 148kg in snatch in 67kg event. At the 2020 Symmer Olympics, Talib finished fifth in the mens 67 category event. Talib’s lift of 151kg in Snatch category was the second-best of the round. His overall tally of 320 kg was just 2 kg shy of the bronze medal. This was Pakistan’s first top 8 position at the Olympics since 1988 in other sports than field hockey.
Previously it was seen that Pakistan excelled in all sports, especially hockey. There was an Abdul Khaliq, Pakistan’s 100 and 200 meters sprinter and an Asian record holder for the fastest man in Asia. And a hurdler by the name of Ghulam Raziq who represented Pakistan and won repeatedly at Asian and Commonwealth Games and carried the flag for Pakistan at the Olympics with Abdul Khaliq. However, the idea and importance has shifted to other things. Sports has been ignored, and considered unimportant. This is where we are wrong.
Sports is very important for the betterment of the country. It is high time we start appreciating such heroes. Participating in such international events not only gives Pakistan a better name but creates the fame that leads to better economical standards. Pakistan has the talents. With greater training and support from the experienced as well as the government it is very easy for us to make our place in the global sports world.
Pakistan has expertise and we need to upbring that. Tennis players, boxers, wrestlers and somany more gifted people have emerged in these years. But they don’t get anything more than a few social media posts and little appreciation. People in the villages even have done goodin their limited areas and resources. We have to fight to get our place in the Paris 2024 games. We have to do our best. We have to bring up our talent and zeal. Because this is what Pakistan is.Our people and our power. And we will prove what we are capable of.