Pakistan’s representation in 2016 Olympics next to none

Published: May 11, 2016
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Pakistan’s lowest number of representatives at the Olympics was 21 in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and that figure mainly consisted of hockey players. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan’s lowest number of representatives at the Olympics was 21 in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and that figure mainly consisted of hockey players. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: An all-time low number of participants are expected to represent Pakistan at the Olympics this time, with only five national athletes projected to travel to Rio de Janeiro on the basis of ‘universality places’.

So far, Pakistan has failed to qualify for any event in the Games with the major miss being field hockey. Meanwhile, the most recent failures to qualify for the Games came in boxing, wrestling and weightlifting.

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Pakistan’s lowest number of representatives at the Olympics was 21 in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and that figure mainly consisted of hockey players. Two participants in athletics, two swimmers and one shooter made up the remaining contingent.

Given the past record, Pakistan may be sending just five athletes this year, now that the national hockey team has failed to make it to the Olympics for the first time in history.

The probable athletes are depending on the universality places policy, wherein the International Olympic Committee grants wild card entries to the countries that fail to qualify in any event.

“It’s a disaster, primarily because there has never been concrete planning for Olympics by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Pakistan Olympic Association,” Pakistan Weightlifting Federation Vice-President Rashed Malik told The Express Tribune. “Every country in the world starts preparations for Olympics at least eight years before their targeted event. In Pakistan, nothing gets done because of a lack of interest and planning.”

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Meanwhile, wrestler Muhammad Inam believes it makes the athletes look bad, although they try their best on their own but are beaten due to a lack of support and exposure to the right training and tournaments.

“We don’t do anything like the countries that want to win medals at the Olympics,” said Inam. “Even India sends its wrestlers for Olympic preparations to Georgia, what did our federation or government do?”

While boxing still has a slim chance to make it to the Games as the boxers feature in the last Olympics qualifiers next month, the officials feel it will be too little, too late.

On the other hand, the country’s governing body for sports holds the dearth of communication from the federations’ side responsible for the mess.

“The federations never gave us the plan for the Olympics, nor did they convey any indication of serious preparations,” claimed PSB Director General Akhtar Ganjera. “They can’t blame us for their lack of planning.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • siddharth
    May 11, 2016 - 10:46AM

    “Even India sends its wrestlers for Olympic preparations to Georgia, what did our federation or government do?”. He is mentioning this as india is Afghanistan. India is progressing very well in all sports and you wont be able to compete with india. Recommend

  • jay
    May 11, 2016 - 11:40AM

    Like everything in Pakistan their sport is also crumbling ! ! ! Look at you father next door , and learn something.. We wish you all the best ! Recommend

  • cbing
    May 11, 2016 - 1:03PM

    I don’t understand saying “Even India” in many Pakistani’s statements, as if they were in their footsteps. India has grown very large than you can imagine. Coming out of such delusions will definitely help, like qualifying for Olympics in the first place. Recommend

  • Micheal
    May 11, 2016 - 1:31PM

    I am sure, 200 officials from Pakistan will participate in the games. So we have a big contingent Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    May 11, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Don’t worry we even don’t qualify to live, Look around us, our country, government, society etc. You are talking about the Games.Recommend

  • Rajagopal
    May 11, 2016 - 3:25PM

    The statement “Even India sends its wrestlers for Olympic” shows the high level of intellectual backwardness among vast majority of Pakistanis. Apparently, burying heads in the sand is the preferred way to deal with rivals.Recommend

  • Apoorv Swarup
    May 11, 2016 - 4:02PM

    India already has a bronze medal in wrestling in the olympics. We are in the group of nations who are medal contenders not mere hopefuls or enter through wildcards. Guess the gentleman is blissfully unaware about the state of the sport globally. Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    May 11, 2016 - 6:44PM

    Pakistan should not be embarrassed about their Olympics performance. It is India who should be embarrassed. India has population of over billion people. Nearly 20 percent of the population of the world lives in India and they couldn’t win a single gold medal in the last Olympic in the year 2012. Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 11, 2016 - 7:48PM

    @Irfan_Sydney:
    Pakistan too happens to be the sixth largest country in the world in terms of population and yet you couldn’t even qualify this year. Meanwhile check out India’s performance in the Commonwealth Games since 2002 and then check Pakistan’s. Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    May 12, 2016 - 12:11AM

    @Rahul:
    My friend topic of discussion here is Olympic games. The article above is also about olympic games.. I am just surprised that it is estimated that soon India will beat China and will be the most populous nation. Imagine a headline in the future newspapers around the world that ” The most populous nation could not win a single gold medal in the olympics “. I feel sad when I think of that day. I just want India to win one gold medal, just ONE gold medal to save the embarrassment people of this nation go through after each olympics. I am wishing too much ? May be I am. Recommend

  • bikash chand katoch
    May 12, 2016 - 1:12AM

    The cricket has ruined all sports in south asia,india is slowly getting stronger in other sports,there are atleast 25 sports channels in india showing all major events of world in
    hockey,badminton,squash,golf,table tennis,boxing,judo,swimmingRecommend

  • Rabia
    May 12, 2016 - 1:14AM

    @ Irfan_Sydney – I am a Pakistani and I am ashamed of your remarks here. Instead of looking at our own faults you are taunting Indians. India has a contingent of 50 athletes this Olympics and we have NONE. You should be ashamed and sorry for your comments. If you are a Pakistani in Sydney – I am sure you drive a Taxi whereas Indians are CEO and managers in top IT and software firms. Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    May 12, 2016 - 5:36AM

    @Rabia:
    Truh is bitter. I was not expecting a personal attack By the way I am a lecturer in the Western Sydney university and never drove a TAXI . But Only people who believe in class would consider driving a TAXI a shameful act.
    Also what is the point of delegation of sending 50 people when they can’t win a gold medal. Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 12, 2016 - 11:47PM

    @Irfan_Sydney:
    But at least sending athlete to Olympics is better than not sending any one with 6th most Populous nation and zero participation.Most populous nation with 100 participation with zero medal is definitely better.Recommend

  • Prashanth
    May 13, 2016 - 5:11PM

    Dear Irfan_Sydney,

    You got to understand that your country is hitting rock bottom in the world of sports (cricket included). And your claim on India not winning a GOLD medal and that only winning a GOLD medal leads to sporting glory is far from any logic. Yohan blake ran a stunning 9.75sec 100m to only win SILVER in london 2012. Does that mean he was an average joe jogging around the park? India’s own Vijay kumar and Sushil kumar cam close to winning GOLD in the london games. Wheras pakistani’s performace in the last few editions of olympics has nothing to speak off. Even your once strong hockey team struggled last time.

    Even if we assume to go by your stance, we had Abhinav Bindra win GOLD in 2008. We are sending 100+ strong contingent this time and have atleast 5 GOLD medal winnign prospects: Jitu Rai (Shooting), Saina Nehwal (Badminton) , Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling), SHiva Thapa(Boxing), Deepika Kumari (Archery). Apart from these, there are a few boxers and wrestlers who can win medals, if not GOLD. You can hold your head high till the games start. Lets get in touch after we have won a few medals (Including GOLD). Till that time, you may wonder why your country is heading to disaster in all areas (leave alone sports).Recommend

  • Prashanth
    May 13, 2016 - 5:36PM

    You got to understand that your country is hitting rock bottom in the world of sports (cricket included). And your claim on India not winning a GOLD medal and that only winning a GOLD medal leads to sporting glory is far from any logic. Yohan blake ran a stunning 9.75sec 100m to only win SILVER in london 2012. Does that mean he was an average joe jogging around the park? India’s own Vijay kumar and Sushil kumar cam close to winning GOLD in the london games. Wheras pakistani’s performace in the last few editions of olympics has nothing to speak off. Even your once strong hockey team struggled last time.

    Even if we assume to go by your stance, we had Abhinav Bindra win GOLD in 2008. We are sending 100+ strong contingent this time and have atleast 5 GOLD medal winnign prospects: Jitu Rai (Shooting), Saina Nehwal (Badminton) , Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling), SHiva Thapa(Boxing), Deepika Kumari (Archery). Apart from these, there are a few boxers and wrestlers who can win medals, if not GOLD. You can hold your head high till the games start. Lets get in touch after we have won a few medals (Including GOLD). Till that time, you may wonder why your country is heading to disaster in all areas (leave alone sports).Recommend

  • Hashk03
    May 28, 2016 - 5:34PM

    @Rabia: @ Irfan_Sydney – I am a Pakistani and I am ashamed of your remarks here. Instead of looking at our own faults you are taunting Indians. India has a contingent of 50 athletes this Olympics and we have NONE. You should be ashamed and sorry for your comments. If you are a Pakistani in Sydney – I am sure you drive a Taxi whereas Indians are CEO and managers in top IT and software firms.

    Are you indian rabia? you are assuming. I have seen plethora of indians working in wal mart filling shelves. and cleaning air ports in middle east. They obtain HSMP and other work visas in different countries, become affiliates of fake IT companies and start gathering invoices to get permanent stay in other countries.

    I am amazed on shamelessness of yours when you assumed and compared one pakistani taxi driver vs all indians as ceo and managers in top IT companies. Australians dont like Indians as well do they?Recommend

  • Syedpk
    Jun 14, 2016 - 3:11PM

    @Indian Commentators,

    Dont get worked up here, when you see comparisons like this in Pakistani articles, you should be happy, as it just shows that we are looking up to you. Its called healthy competition.
    Just like you are looking up to China, Neither Pakistan will catch up soon to India, nor will India catchup soon to China, but both will progress simple.Recommend

  • LS
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:06AM

    @Irfan_Sydney:
    Irfan Yusuf? An occasional lecturer and Layer with this kind of attitude? Nice… shows that YOU were born in pakistan of 1960’s – The hate must be unbearable… “Once Were Radicals” Still are radical…Recommend

  • MK
    Jun 23, 2016 - 3:19PM

    @Irfan_Sydney:
    Inshallah, we will win, Inhallah, we are the best. These statements from Pakistanis are often read in views expressed. I am well aware that saying Inshallah will surely make anyone taste success. But the problem with Pakistanis is they depend entirely on saying Inshallah and assume the medals and the glory will fall at their feet. Allah says, work hard to taste success and then say Inshallah, I will grant your wish. But here, Pakistanis without putting effort or working hard think that by just saying Inshallah, they will be rewarded. So my brothers and sisters lacking sense, practice hard, put in effort and then say Inshallah. One last thing, be yourself and please, please, please, do not compare yourself to India in every field and event, they are much much more superior than you in any field you take. Recommend

  • Sarah
    Jul 16, 2016 - 12:37PM

    As a swimmer who trains in Australia i hope one day to go to the olympics. Swimming is such a big sport here and the training is first class. I swim at Sydney Olympic Park and my coaches have swam for national teams from Portugal and of course Australia. Wih the new rules it means more swimmers from a variety of countries can come and compete. One of the outstanding memories from the Sydney Olympics was a swimmer from Equitorial Guinea who really struggled to finish 100m but he won the respect of the Australian public because EVERYONE swims here and everyone knows how hard it is to swim and swim fast. He is now leading a team of 3(i think) to Rio. He is the head of the Equitorial Guinea Olympic swim team. He created his own niche in sports.
    So with the diaspora of Pakistanis and Indians i expect there will be others like me with more than one passport. I expect that maybe in 10 years there will be swimmers who got to train with say swimmers for the Australian Olympic team but are not in the top 2. There is just fractions of a second between the fastests and the 30th fastest. Finally the olympics will represent the world which was the origial intent.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:21AM

    Pakistan should import some athlete from Samandar se Ghera Himalaya se Uncha Dost China.
    and pose them as Pakistani.. Like they did about Missiles and Nukes.. and :D JF17..
    In that case only they have some chance at Olympic. Recommend

  • Amir Khan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:12AM

    @Rabia: Making your fake ID will not make you pakistani. I know who you are specially when you made personal attack on irfan. You Indians will never change. You behave like a child…Grow upRecommend

  • Amir Khan
    Aug 8, 2016 - 10:29AM

    Countries are Winning So many medals and here stupid Indians as usual are chasing Pakistan. We are this and we are that…Your number of athletes may be slightly higher so what? Look at your population and then compete with those who are in the same numbers and then talk…You will be no where near to them. ..Come out of this stupid things that we are this and we are that and Indian has done well and rising bla bla..Be realistic and see the over all performance of your athletes but on the top of that think about that how many athletes from India is participating when India has the second highest population of the world. Is this the fair number of athletes out of over a billion. …On the other hands, we are crap and are not good at sports any more. We were best in Boxing, Squash, Snooker and won medals specially Squash when there was no match of our players for decades. What happened then? We are finished. …Both stupid nation have to think that what we are doing and what we should do. How the world is looking at us. What we both do in every forum we are this is and you are that. ..We have become laughing stuff for others. .Grow upRecommend

  • Muhammad Ebrahim Cheema
    Aug 21, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Unfortunately our games have gone to dogs owing to lack of interest of the Govt and the sports officials of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. And this picture has been shown us by the world largest sports event the OLYMPICS. There is no doubt that there is a lot of talent in every game being played in pakistan but inactive, lethargic, lazy and greedy sports authorities have left no stone unturned to destruct pakistani sports and the sportsmen. But ” Tomorrow Never Dies “. I have decided to set up a sports based organization in Lahore under such dismal sports conditions which i intend to spread all over Pakistan by the grace of Almighty ALLAH insha allah. And i need people’s help.Recommend

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