Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem to not participate in events in Finland

PAF says athlete’s withdrawal is due to lack of time to get used to the Finnish weather

June 18, 2024
Arshad Nadeem withdraws from Finnish events. -AFP

LAHORE: Pakistani Olympian javelin thrower will not participate in the upcoming athletic events in Finland, confirmed the Pakistan’s Athletics Federation (PAF) on Tuesday. 

This decision was taken right after Nadeem sustained a leg injury during a training session in Lahore.

The PAF further stated that the athlete’s withdrawal was not based on fitness but on a lack of time to get used to the Finnish weather.

Earlier, Nadeem received a visa for the Schengen region, which would enable him to compete in the Diamond League events in Finland and France.

Shah Jahan, the federation’s secretary, explained that they want Nadeem to rest before the big events. He said that it was very important for him to stay fit before the Olympics in Paris.

"To keep Arshad Nadeem safe from injuries before the Olympics, we have devised a plan," Jahan stated.

"Nadeem will compete in the Diamond League in Paris in July, which will give him the opportunity to acclimatise before the Paris Olympics. Training in the hot weather in Lahore led to some fitness issues for Nadeem. However, this wasn’t the only issue; instead, the schedule made it difficult for him to adjust to the weather in Finland,” he added.

According to the sources, the javelin thrower hurt his shin during training in Lahore and needs a few days of rest. The first event in Finland was scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the decision taken by the Federation shows the importance the athlete carries for the team in the upcoming events. 

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.