LAHORE: Olympian Weightlifter Talha Talib believes that Pakistani athletes have all the potential to win medals but they just need high-level facilities and a whole coaching team.
While addressing the presser here on Friday upon his arrival after Tokyo Olympics 2020 participation, Talha said Pakistani athletes lack high-class facilities. “See, during the event or contest, coaches don’t play an important role, it all depends on the athlete. But, the real game is during preparations for the event,” he said.
“I am not talking about only weightlifters, other potential athletes also need high-class facilities and a whole coaching team for preparing for any event. Only then, Pakistan can win medals,” he maintained.
Talha once again lamented the lack of facilities before going to Olympics. “Had I got good facilities, I could have won a medal for my country. But, still, it’s not too late, I aim to get proper facilities and win a medal for Pakistan in the future,” he concluded.
On the other hand, Talha’s coach and President Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF), Hafiz Imran Butt answered criticism on him for going to Tokyo with Talha as a coach. “I didn’t go there for joy rides. People said I turned coach just to tour Tokyo. Remember, I am the national champion and a recognized coach. I tried my best to support Talha and his performance has proven his abilities and skills,” he said.