Team Green?

Southasia - - 9 -

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

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