PM Shehbaz Sharif extends support to javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem

Sharif met Nadeem at the Prime Minister House

By Web Desk
March 19, 2024
Sharif (R) met Nadeem at the Prime Minister House on Tuesday. - PTV News 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday awarded Rs2.5 million to javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem for winning silver medal at the World Athletics Championship last year.

Sharif met Nadeem at the Prime Minister House where he lauded the javelin thrower’s achievements.

“You have done extremely well for Pakistan on the international level and we are proud of you,” said Sharif.

“We will try to support you at the government level so that you can win more medals for Pakistan,” he added.

The Mian Channu-born, who recently underwent a knee surgery, is also hopeful about regaining top fitness soon.

Earlier, India’s Neeraj Chopra had also urged sponsors and the Pakistan government to support Nadeem.

Last year at the World Championship in Hungary, Nadeem created history for the country by becoming the first athlete to claim silver medal with a throw of 87.82 metre, just below India’s Neeraj Chopra who won gold with a throw of 88.17m.

During the event, he also qualified for the Paris Olympics. However, last year he missed the Asian Championship, Asian Games and Asian Throwing Championship because of fitness issues.

Arshad’s personal best throw is 90.18 metre which he managed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

The javelin throw event in the Paris Olympics will be held at the France’s biggest venue Stade de France. The qualifying round will be held on August 6 with the final to be conducted on August 8. Arshad finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 84.62m in the final.