Arshad Nadeem, Olympic javelin finalist, practiced with no ground, says father

Arshad Nadeem is the first Pakistani athlete to reach the final of Tokyo Olympics 2020

By Web Desk
August 04, 2021
Arshad Nadeem, Olympic javelin finalist, practiced with no ground, says father

The first Pakistani athlete to reach the final of Tokyo Olympics 2020, Arshad Nadeem, practiced the sport with no support from the government, father Muhammad Ashraf told Geo News.

Ashraf in conversation with Geo News revealed that his son did not even have a ground to practice.

Nadeem performed remarkably in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and is the only Pakistani athlete to have reached the finals.

Ashraf further revealed that his son was initially interested in cricket but he suggested his son try javelin throw.

Nadeem’s father works as a mason to bear the expenses of his son's training. 

Arshad trained in his own house’s courtyard and streets. Money for fitness machines was also provided by Arshad’s father.

He added that the Pakistani government provided no support to Arshad and the expenses of sending him to Multan, Faisalabad, and Lahore for practice were completely borne by him.

Arshad’s younger brother is also a javelin thrower and he is in Lahore for training.

Ashraf demanded that the government support young athletes and build grounds where athletes can practice.