Government should invest in swimming: Olympic swimmer Bisma


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s swimmer, who participated in Tokyo Olympics 2020, Bisma Khan believes that handsome investment in swimming by the government will bring interest in the game. 

Bisma appeared in ARY News’ show Powerplay where she shared his maiden Olympic participation experience. “It was a massive learning experience for me and I really enjoyed it. I must tell you, it’s tough to compete at such a level. Swimmers from around the world participate in the event and their preparation level was much higher than us,” she shared.

“There is a need to lift swimming in Pakistan and the government should invest in it. If swimming gets as much attention as cricket, it will attract major sponsors and viewership in the country,” she said.

Bisma highlighted the need of professional coaches, physios, and psychologists for polishing talented swimmers. “Swimming is a technical sport. You need to be mentally and physically strong. Government should invest in bringing professional coaches, physios, and psychologists. The investment will prepare strong swimmers and Pakistan will match international standards,” she suggested.

Meanwhile, Bisma credited Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) for sending her to a development program in Russia for Olympics training.

It must be noted here that Bisma finished 7th out of eight athletes in Heat 5 of the women’s 50-meter freestyle event of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He clocked 27.78 seconds to complete the heat.

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