Karachi: Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem has become the first Pakistani to directly qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
The world’s iconic sporting event, which was earlier scheduled to be held in July 2020, has now been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The criteria for direct qualification for the Tokyo Olympics was 85 meters and the 23-year-old qualified through an amazing throw of 86.29m during the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal last year which also got the gold medal for him
It is for the first time that Pakistani athlete qualified for the competition through a world-record throw.
It must be noted that 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.