KARACHI: A 23-year-old athlete Arshad Nadeem will receive training in Kazakhstan in order to prepare for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Expressing his excitement over training abroad, Arshad Nadeem vowed to get the maximum benefit out of his training opportunity in Kazakhstan.
A 23-year-old athlete said that around eight months training would be enough for quality preparation and added that if the coach is good then he will really enjoy the training stint abroad.
The Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) managed foreign training for him. He will be sent to Kazakhstan when flights to that country resume sometime in October.
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Nadeem is a four-time national champion, and among many honours and platitudes, holds the distinction of being the sole representative from Pakistan at the World Athletics Championship at Doha.
He also represented Pakistan in the 2019 South Asian Games and clinched gold with a throw of 86.29 metres, which also translated into an automatic feature in the Tokyo Olympics as he surpassed the mandatory 85 metres qualification criteria for this event, the national broadcaster notified.
It is for the first time that a Pakistani athlete qualified for the competition through a world-record throw. So far, only two individuals have won a medal for Pakistan. Wrestler Mohammad Bashir won the bronze medal in Rome 1960 and boxer Hussain Shah won the bronze in Seoul 1988.