LAHORE: Needless rebate in a series of athletes in Pakistan’s fortuitous by Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Nepal has influenced Pakistan’s chances of winning some-more medals in a mega event.
In a press release, a Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) settled on Friday that while tiny countries like a horde Nepal (596 athletes), Sri Lanka (564 athletes), Bangladesh (470 athletes) and India (487 athletes) are competing in a Games, Pakistan has fielded a tiny fortuitous of usually 246 athletes that is usually forward of Maldives (216) and Bhutan (116).
A sum of 1135 bullion medals (324), china medals (324), bronze (487) medals are during interest in all a 26 disciplines during a Games.
“The Athletes of Pakistan have finished us unapproachable so far. Not usually have they been means to give a glorious opening notwithstanding a resources and opposite all odds, they have also shown that they have a wherewithal and a intensity to contest with a best. Had they been given a satisfactory possibility to realize their best potential, their opening would have been even better,” a POA press recover said.
PSB reduced strange figure of 400 to usually 246
“Pakistan with 246 athletes were certified by PSB to attend in 18 disciplines. The initial figure given to a PSB was for over 400 athletes. During a assembly of POA and a Federations with DG PSB on Oct 11, 2019, this figure was slashed by PSB and was reduced to 355 athletes.
“However, when this reduced figure of 355 was sent to PSB for final approval, another capricious cut was imposed and a serve 109 were slashed from a fortuitous but consulting possibly a POA or a Federations. This cut was imposed but any proof or rationale, ensuing in a sum intrusion of a working/calculation of a Federations for award contentions, generally in a martial arts.
“This was finished on Nov 10, 2019, usually a few days before a a contingent’s depart for Nepal and a start of a Games. Similarly, an capricious cut was imposed also on officials resulting, in some cases, a axing of coaches. Only Maldives and Bhutan had athletes obtuse in numbers than Pakistan,” a press recover serve states.
“The technical primer released by a Organising Committee lays down a series of entries in a sold sport/discipline. For instance in karate, a limit numbers that could be entered was thirty 3 (33) athletes for particular and group events. Their entries were eventually reduced to 18.
“So right from a conflict they were competing for usually about fifty percent (50%) of a medals. And likewise for taekwondo and other martial humanities events.
“From a above information it could be seen that other participating countries had worked out their award targets and comparison their numbers accordingly, since there was no motive to a series of athletes authorized as distant as a fortuitous was concerned. To strive for a place on a medals table, a limit series of medals have to be contested for, that would urge a country’s chances of removing on a podium.
“So right from a opening a fortuitous was during a disadvantage. There were frequency any credentials camps determined for a mega event. Whatever few days that some were given a event to train, no food or diet devise was followed. Later improved clarity prevailed.
“That a National Games were hold when they were, valid to be a saving grace. It helped a athletes to during slightest ready with a assistance of their departments/services/provinces. That a athletes have achieved over expectancy would be an understatement. They have finished us unapproachable and this aspect needs to be appreciated by all,” a press recover concluded.
Published in Dawn, Dec 8th, 2019