KARACHI: The country’s first javelin thrower and medal at the Tokyo Olympics is hoping Arshad Nadeem’s return from Turkey has been delayed due to the lockdown in Antalya.
However, he hopes that in a few days he can catch a flight.
“Here the lockdown was imposed on April 29 and there is also a theft issue, but hopefully in two or three days I can get the flight back to Pakistan,” Arshad told “The News” since. Antalya Sunday.
Pakistan Athletics Federation (AFP) President Major General (retd) Akram Sahi told The News they had made a provisional reservation for Arshad and he would hopefully return on May 5.
Arshad had to return home on April 30.
He had gone to Turkey a few weeks ago to train under the guidance of world track and field coach and former world silver medalist Viktor from Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, his trainer Fayyaz Bukhari told this correspondent that after Arshad returned, they would prepare a plan.
“When Arshad returns, we will prepare a plan for the Olympic preparations. I will let him see his family for three days before resuming training in Lahore, ”said Fayyaz.
“After resuming training, the first 20 days will be very important during which we will be fully charged. I will check Arshad’s conditioning and skill levels and bring him back to par before entering the competitive phase which will last almost two months until the Olympics, ”said Fayyaz.
Arshad will begin his Olympic journey on August 5 and on August 6 he will play in the final.
Arshad made history in December 2019 with a successful 86.29-meter throw at the South Asian Games in Nepal to make it to the world’s most prestigious event.
Arshad recorded a throw of 86.38 meters last month at the Imam Reza international track and field event in Mashhad, Iran, which showed the Khanewal-born athlete has made significant progress.
Arshad will aim to break the 90-meter block that will secure him a medal at the Olympics.
“I hope Arshad wins a medal in Tokyo,” said Fayyaz, who has coached Arshad for six years.
Fayyaz said they are expected to travel to Turkey 15 days before the track and field event. “It would be a great advantage if we went there 15 days before our event. It would help us acclimatize and settle in before competing, ”said Fayyaz.
“I hope he gets everything he needs in Tokyo so that he can show his skills properly on the biggest stage,” said Fayyaz.
Standard equipment is also a big issue and Fayyaz wants to meet the General Manager of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) so he can help them. “We need strength training equipment, a standard javelin and medicine balls made in England. We have Chinese brand balls, but these are not good, ”said Fayyaz.