Pak wrestlers to leave for Rio qual­i­fiers to­mor­row

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A five-mem­ber Pak­istan wrestling team will pro­ceed to Is­tan­bul, Turkey on Fri­day to chip in the world qual­i­fy­ing round, sched­uled to take place there from May 6-8.

“This is the only re­main­ing qual­i­fier where win­ner and run­ner-up in each weight cat­e­gory will make it to the Rio. I’m op­ti­mistic we’ll be able to get a cou­ple of tick­ets for the Games,” Sec­re­tary Pak­istan Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion (PWF) Ar­shad Sat­tar told APP on Wed­nes­day.

“Be­sides our Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list Muham­mad Inam (86kg), we are field­ing Mo­ham­mad Bi­lal (57kg), Qa­mar Ab­bas (65kg), Asad Butt (74kg) and Za­man An­war (125kg) in the Turkey qual­i­fiers,” he said.

“These qual­i­fiers of­fer a golden chance to our grap­plers to make it to the Rio as most of the world’s best ath­letes have al­ready qual­i­fied for the Games and now they will not be fac­ing tough chal­lenge,” he said.

The PWF sec­re­tary said that the fed­er­a­tion was suf­fer­ing from short­age of funds and it was with great dif­fi­culty that it had man­aged funds to send ath­letes for Turkey qual­i­fiers. “Wrestling is the only game left, which can help the coun­try se­cure a berth in Rio Games. If proper at­ten­tion is given, Pak­istan has great po­ten­tial to ex­cel in this game,” Sat­tar added.—APP

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