ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will have the smallest squad at Rio Olympics in its 69 years of history as the squad will have just seven athletes.
Interestingly, Pakistan will have more officials in the troop than the athletes, who will represent Pakistan in the Olympics, there will be 17 officials, while just seven athletes.
“Pakistan contingent will include seven athletes and 17 officials,” a Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) official told APP.
It will be first time that Pakistan hockey team will not compete in the mega sporting event as they failed to qualify for that.
Most of the seven athletes that will feature the Rio Olympics, have got wildcard entry or qulified through continental quota and there is very bleak hope for a medal.
Apart from hockey, boxing is another sport in which Pakistan has seen glory with the courtesy of Hussain Shah, who won the bronze medal in Seoul Olympics 1988.
Shah’s son, Shah Hussain is a Judoka and is one of the seven athletes that will represent Pakistan in the games.
On the other hand, Lianna Swan and Haris Bandey will strive to bring glory to the country in swimming competitions. Moreover, Ghulam Mustafa and Minhal Sohail are shooters from Pakistan that will participate in the event.
In Olympics, the countries whose athletes couldn’t match the qualification standards, are given the wildcard entries.