Smallest-ever national Olympics contingent leaves PSB disappointed

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Islamabad: The Director General of Pakistan Sports Board Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera was clearly disappointed to see a very small Pakistani contingent taking part in the upcoming Rio Olympics. Pakistan’s contingent which will take part in the mega event beginning from the 5th of August consists of only 19 individuals and surprisingly the number of athletes (7) is less than the officials (12) going with the squad.

For the first time the Pakistan hockey team will not take part in the Olympics which is another setback for the sports loving nation.

“Besides hockey only once our boxer Hussain Shah qualified for the Olympics in 1988 and won bronze medal,” Director General said while talking to APP.

Speaking about other sports activities, he said our federations lack in technical officials. “We try our level best to call in international experts here to train our coaches, officials etc,” he said.

He said we recently held a Taekwondo course in which 200 officials were called in and a foreign expert imparted training to them. “We are also trying our best to conduct activities at grass-root level,” he said.

The athletes to participate in the Olympics include swimmers Lianna Swan and Haris Bandey, judoka Shah Hussain, shooters Ghulam Mustafa and Minhal Sohail and two sprinters.