Rio 2016: Pakistan Contingent to Have More Officials Than Players
After the hockey team failed to qualify, the Pakistan contingent will include only 7 athletes and 11 officials.
The state of Pakistan sports will be visible in the Rio Olympic Games this summer, as the Pakistan contingent will include more officials than athletes.
With the failure of the national hockey side to qualify for the Rio Olympics, the 18-member Pakistani contingent will include only 7 athletes and 11 officials.
The athletes that will be representing Pakistan include swimmers Lianna Swan and Haris Bandey who are based abroad, judoka Shah Hussain, who also lives in Tokyo, shooters Ghulam Mustafa and Minhal Sohail and two sprinters.
All the Pakistani athletes have got the chance to compete in the Rio Olympics through wild card entries, as none of the country’s athletes got come through the qualification process.
Not even a single boxer could qualify for the Olympics, although one of Pakistan’s two non-hockey medals came through boxing in 1988 when Hussain Shah won a bronze.
The president of the Pakistan Olympic Association, Arif Hasan, has blamed the Pakistan Sports Board for the sad state of affairs. Hasan was upset, in particular over the failure of the hockey team to qualify for the Olympics – a first for the country.
Hockey is our national sport and through it we always had hope of winning a medal in the Olympics. But now even that has gone.Arif Hasan, President, Pakistan Olympic Association
(With inputs from PTI)
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