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2016-08-22 09:30:45

Pakistan’s Olympic history: A story of continuous shame

In a disappointing turn of events, Pakistani swimmer Haris Bandey crashed out of the Rio Olympics in the first round as he came last in men’s 400m freestyle heat at the Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Of 50 swimmers, Bandey was the last to complete the heat as he was timed at 4min 33.13sec. Whereas first place holder Conor Dwyer completed the heat in 3min 43.42sec and 49th place Pol Arias was timed at 4min 21.16sec.The 17-year-old London-based swimmer didn’t even reach the score he reached at the 16th World Championship at Kazan, Russia in 2015. Rio 2016 has been no different from London 2012, Beijing 2008 or any of the preceding Olympics going back to Atlanta 1996, with Pakistan returning empty-handed from each of the last six Games. Each time, there has been a hue and cry over the dismal state of affairs but the fact is that Pakistan continue to nosedive further as time passes and one isn’t even sure if they have hit their lowest point yet. The Pakistan Sports Board and the Pakistan Olympic Committee (POC) were embroiled in conflict for much of the last four years, which meant that rather than focusing on the provision of requisite facilities and infrastructure for the athletes in the build-up to Rio, energy was spent on scheming for power and clout locally and internationally. Unabashed, the heads of the two bodies travelled to Rio with the POC chief stating that there were zero hopes of medals from the contingent. The two bodies blame the government for non-provision of finances, but have no qualms about spending funds on sending officials to attend international sporting events and conferences. Somehow, they always find the means to travel overseas and rarely if ever have the means to develop concrete training plans for athletes. Tokyo 2020 will be no different if the current crisis in Pakistani sport continues.

 

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