Countdown to the South Asian Games:
Pakistan to field 51-member athletic team
SA GAMES: Only nine days to go for the South Asian version of
Olympics - the 10th South Asian Games, to be hosted by Sri Lanka. The
eight-nation Games will be the biggest ever multi-sport event to be
hosted by Sri Lanka. Through this countdown series, the 'Daily News'
will have a closer look at the South Asian Games, its history, local
preparations and our medal prospects.
Pakistan will field a 51-member team for the forthcoming 10th South
Asian Games which starts in Sri Lanka on August 18.
The Pakistan Athletic Federation has announced a strong 51-member
athletic squad for the eight-nation Games.
The Pakistan athletic team would comprise 30 men and 11 women. The
selections have been made after open trials held at the Jinnah stadium
Islamabad recently. Muhammad Khalid Mahmood, the secretary, the Athletic
Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has said the athletes are determined to
make their presence felt.
"The athletes have been making their preparations for the Games at a
training camp at Islamabad till their departure to Colombo," he was
quoted as saying.
Sprinter Muhammad Imran of Pakistan Army will compete in men's 100m,
200m & 4x100m relay, along with fellow soldier Afzal Baig, who too runs
in identical events. Their partners in men's 100m relay are Muhammad
Shahbaz and Nazim Shah.
Pakistan's fastest woman at the trials - Naseem Hameed of Pakistan
Army will run in 100m along with her Army team mate Sadaf Siddiqui. The
Pakistan athletic team would be managed by Major Mahmood Riaz.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has also finalised their table tennis team for
the mega event in Colombo. The Pakistan TT teams comprises five male and
female players each.
The TT team: Men - Muhammad Asim Qureshi, Kashif Razzak, Hassan
Haider Kazmi, Syed Saleem Abbas Kazmi and Ali Sajjad Faisal and Women -
Aisha Iqbal Ansari, Rahila Kashif, Ghalia Khursheed, Kanwal Iqbal and
The team is in good shape as they have just returned home from China
where they underwent a 40-day training-cum-competition programme. "We
believe the tour has helped the players a lot in improving the level of
their game and to perform up to a high level in the Games," a team
official was quoted as saying.
"Best possible talent was picked under a performance based formula by
considering their overall performances in national and international
meets," he added.
Giving details about the competition, he said, the spokesman said
40mm Nittaku Balls will be used in the South Asia Games. The Asian TT
body will provide a technical delegate to supervise the Games.
India will field the highest contingent of over 400 members, while
the strength of the Pakistan contingent is around 350.