It was highly disheartening to see Pakistan’s performance at the recent London Olympics. Reading your article, I realize that most young people are unaware of the fact that Pakistan was once a strong team to reckon with. Over the past few years, the Pakistan Olympic team’s performance has been continuously dismal thus rendering them ineffective and unimportant. The euphoria and support system that the Pakistani cricket team commands cannot compare to the reception accorded to the Olympic teams, despite the fact that they are facing a tougher, more important international challenge.
There is an urgent need to revitalize this sector and train our Olympic players to a level where they can compete as equals. Pakistan must support its athletes as much as it supports its cricket team and this can only be achieved when the Olympic Team has something to show for itself. The proper infrastructure, perhaps foreign training, modern facilities and a strong support system at home is desperately needed.
Pakistan commands unbounded talent and if athletes are properly trained through personnel and the system, perhaps Pakistan will be able to compete in events from which it is been absent for a very long time. Mahrukh
Iqbal, Karachi, Pakistan