How bad is Pakistan in Olympics?

It was more than two decades back when this country won gold at mega event

Sports Desk August 10, 2016
Flagbearer Ghulam Mustafa Bashir (PAK) of Pakistan leads his contingent during the opening ceremony. PHOTO: REUTERS

Early on Wednesday morning, news arrived from Rio de Janeiro that American swimmer Michael Phelps has won his 20th and 21st Olympic gold, which is the most by any athlete in the Games’ history.

While achieving this honour, statistics prove that if he had been listed as a country, he would be the 39th most successful in the history of the Olympic Games.

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We as a country take pride in our sporting history with numerous great achievements, but our record suggests that at least at the Olympic level, Pakistan stands nowhere on the list, not even against an individual like Michael Phelps.


While Phelps has 25 Olympic — 21 gold — medals in total, a country of more than 200 million people has so far won just 10 medals in its sporting history at Olympics. Three of those are golds — all won by the hockey team, with the last one coming in at the 1984 Games.

We have to go at least 24 years back to 1992, when Pakistan last won a medal in the world’s biggest multi-sporting event, where the hockey team won a bronze medal after beating Netherlands 4-3.

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And it is no surprise that Pakistan’s hockey team — usually the country’s strongest side in Olympics — failed to qualify for the Games for the first time in their history, coinciding with the overall downfall of sports in the nation. The prevalent system fuels the stranglehold of officials instead of promoting and producing athletes, and perhaps that’s why the world’s sixth largest country by population sent its smallest ever contingent at the Olympics, which included just seven athletes and 17 officials.

Pakistani athletes in Rio Olympics 2016:

Lianna Swan (Swimming)

Shah Hussain Shah (Judo)

Najima Parveen (Athletics)

Haris Bandey (Swimming)

Mehboob Ali (Athletics)

Minhal Sohail (Shooting)

Ghulam Mustafa Bashir (Shooting)

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@sadia | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Actually the US government doesn't fund its Olympic athletes at all, all the funding is the responsibility of the US Olympics committee, but of course they still receive a substantially higher amount in funding than the Pakistani team. But yeah not a surprise Pakistan does horrible in the Olympics...
muhammad abbas ahmed | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend a good view. you did not mention any new sports facilities provided by the ministry of sports in last 25 years. our stadiums, pools, courts are all built before the last 25 year period. keeping facilities on one side, and their maintenance in accordance with industry standards on other side, there are not any Sporting events on national level other than the recent PSL of cricket. what our ministry lacks is a Vision! they desperately need a defined Vision from which they can make a proper strategy to go forward and plan accordingly on how to go about.
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