KARACHI: Pakistan’s main javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem wants to continue training in Lahore after Ramadan.
“Yes, it has been a long time since I stopped training and I want to continue after Eid,” Arshad told The News on Tuesday. “If the authorities manage a camp for me in Lahore together with my coach Imtiaz Hussain Bukhari, that would be good,” he added.
Arshad has qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics through a 86.29-meter big throw he managed during the 13th South Asian Olympics in Nepal last year.
“I feel I can manage the training because I can keep my social distance and protect myself. “But you know I need training for the Olympics and if the situation subsides, I will continue as soon as possible,” Arshad said.
“I am currently undergoing light training in my village just to keep myself fit. But I am looking forward and plan to continue full training after Idul Fitri if possible, “Arshad said.
Arshad trained in Lahore with his coach Bukhari, but that was unsuccessful due to lockouts throughout the country.
The Pakistan Athletics Federation (AFP) has planned to send Arshad abroad for training as soon as the situation improves throughout the world.
Arshad is one of five Pakistani players who have so far qualified for the Olympics which will now be held next summer after a year postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The others are three shooters and horsemen based in Australia.
Pakistani athletes have not yet appeared in the qualifications of several other disciplines. Judoka Shah Hussain has also reached the continental quota.