AFP receives green signal for Arshad training in South Africa

KARACHI (AFP) – The Pakistan Athletics Federation (AFP) on Wednesday confirmed it received a green signal from South Africa about sending the country’s first javelin thrower, Arshad Nadeem, to train before the vital missions of the next year.

“Yes, they told us to send Arshad for training,” AFP chief Major General (retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi said.

“We have written to the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and hope the government will fully support the cause,” Sahi said.

“It is a national cause and we will do everything to implement the plans. We are sending another Mohammad Yasir javelin thrower with Arshad and I hope things get done as soon as possible, ”said Sahi, also a former international athlete.

In the meantime, Arshad has decided to resume his training on his own in the coming days. “I have decided to resume my training here at Mian Channu within the next four days,” Arshad told ‘The News’ on Wednesday.

“I am moving to my new home in Mian Channu in three to four days. I intend to train there on a solid basis. There is a cricket ground there where I can handle the training, ”said Arshad, also a bronze medalist at the 2018 Asian Games.

Arshad lived in a village in Mian Channu, but after finishing fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, he got enough money to buy a house in the city.

It is also supported by some people in terms of training equipment. “Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa gave me a bodybuilding set while Maulana Tariq Jamil Sahib gave me a running machine. will be useful during my training, ”said Arshad.

Before the Olympics, Arshad kept cement blocks at home that he used for weight training.

Arshad has some tough events ahead of us next year, including the World Championship to be held in July in the United States, the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by England in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, and the Asian Games. which will be held in China in September. .

Although Arshad has rested for about two and a half months, he says he hasn’t gained any weight and is in good shape. “I’m in good shape, no problem,” Arshad said.

He said he recently met AFP’s major general (retd) Akram Sahi who told him that efforts were being made to send him abroad.

“I recently met General Sahib in Bahawalpur at a sporting event and he told me I would be sent to South Africa to train,” Arshad said.

“Next year is very important to me. InshaAllah, I will not disappoint the nation in the future and I will achieve my goals, ”said Arshad, whose best throw is 86.38 meters which he made at an international meeting in Iran last April. .

Arshad will be accompanied during training by his younger brother Mohammad Aleem who is also a javelin thrower. “Yes, Aleem will train with me. He has a good size and is the division champion. His best throw is 60 yards. I hope he improves as he has the courage and passion to grow as a javelin thrower, ”said Arshad.

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