Arshad Nadeem Did Not Have a Ground to Practise; Says His Father
The first Pakistani Athlete to reach the Olympics final, Arshad Nadeem, practiced all by himself without even the support of the government, his father Muhammad Ashraf said.
While talking to the media, Muhammad Ashraf – father of javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem – said that his son did not have the ground to practice.
Arshad showed remarkable performance. He topped his group in the qualifying round with a massive throw of 85.16 meters and became the first Pakistani athlete to reach the Tokyo Olympics 2020 final.
His father further said that his son was interested in cricket, to begin with, but he suggested his son try javelin throw.
Asfrah works as a mason and provided Arshad with all the support that he needed. He practiced in his house’s courtyard and in the streets. His father bore all the expenses for his fitness machines.
Ashraf further added that there was no support from the government at all. The expenses to send his son to Multan, Faisalabad, and Lahore for practice were borne by him entirely.
Arshad’s younger brother has also followed his brother’s footsteps to pursue javelin throw and currently he is in Lahore for training.
Muhammad Ashraf asked the government to support young athletes and provide the proper platform for practicing.
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