POA is sending athletes to the Summer season Olympics on a wild card however has overlooked authentic medal-winning possibilities
Butt a made from Gujranwala’s native akharas (wrestling rings) got here within the limelight when he received a gold medal all over the 2010 Commonwealth Video games. He repeated the feat within the 2018 Commonwealth Video games additionally whilst additionally making his mark all over different global occasions. Just lately, he become the supply of nationwide satisfaction, as soon as once more, via profitable a gold medal on the first-ever Affiliation of Nationwide Olympic Committees (ANOC) International Seaside Video games. Butt was once the first-ever Pakistani participant to qualify for the video games, supported via handiest 20-days of coaching organised via Pakistan Sports activities Board; whilst he finished the remaining at his akhara in Gujranwala. All the way through the general, Butt defeated Georgian opponent Dato Marsagishvili, an Olympics medalist, who he had misplaced to only some months prior to because of a arguable determination via the referee.
Butt’s subsequent goal are the approaching Tokyo Olympic Video games in 2020. Personally, Butt after greater than ten years of enjoy in global wrestling can also be Pakistan’s prospect for the gold medal. On the other hand, the Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) has all the time laid extra emphasis at the hockey staff and the medals we earn via it. There was very little authentic effort against grooming athletes in person sports activities.
Alternatively, hockey, the nationwide recreation of Pakistan is in overall disarray. After failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, the staff’s qualification turns out unsure this time too. Taking into consideration, they have got to overcome hockey’s powerhouse, Netherlands in two consecutive suits to get decided on.
Whilst POA is contending on sending one or two athletes to the Summer season Olympics on a wild card, they have got concurrently overlooked athletes who’re authentic medal-winning possibilities. Making an allowance for the location of hockey, the time has arrived for our associations to begin specializing in athletes with promising ability in person sports activities as a result of we can’t come up with the money for to lose extra athletes to deficient technique.
Out of the 10 medals Pakistan has received within the Summer season Olympics, handiest two are for person sports activities. The bronze medals had been received for wrestling and boxing, via Mohammad Bashir in 1960 and via Hussain Shah in 1988 respectively. Despite the fact that, each the avid gamers had been awarded the Sitar-e-Imtiaz, the federal government didn’t do a lot to improve them. Shah sought after to coach extra younger boys within the recreation however because of the loss of improve at house, he in the end moved to Japan with out getting the popularity he deserved. Regardless of how a lot we criticise the choices made up to now relating to Shah and Bashir, it’s of little need, particularly if we make the similar errors with Butt.
This can be very vital for POA and different sports activities our bodies to organize for finances for Butt in addition to be offering him the danger to educate in different nations in order that he can observe in state-of-the-art wrestling rings and no less than have some enjoy prior to getting down into an Olympic same old ring.
Just lately, the federal government of Punjab introduced Butt with a cheque of , Rs. 200,000, for profitable the Seaside Wrestling International Sequence, whilst avid gamers like Shoaib Malik have additionally proven pastime in selling him. However improve can’t be conditional and can’t be event-based. Butt only recently needed to leave out the Asian Wrestling Championship, regardless of coaching strenuously because of the loss of investment.
Butt’s case may be a check for POA, as they have got prior to now no longer been very prepared on supporting person sports activities. POA should center of attention on Butt fairly than losing finances via sending athletes on a wild card only for the sake of participation. I request the top minister of Pakistan to seem into this topic as smartly. Like person sportsmen prior to him, Butt’s case must no longer be overlooked and POA must be implored to fund him. Via giving him the suitable amenities and coaching, Butt might be able to carry an Olympic medal house after an opening of 24 years.
I’m concluding my piece in this poetic verse of Allama Iqbal which I will be able to commit to Inam Butt, Hussain Shah and lots of others like him:
However of his barren acres Iqbal is not going to depression:
Slightly rain, and harvests shall wave ultimately, oh cup bearer!