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[best board games 2019]‘Arshad can finish in top three at Tokyo Olympics’

  KARACHI: Fayyaz Hussain Bukhari, coach of javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem, has said that Arshad is on the path of progress in his training and he is confident that he will finish in the top three in the Tokyo Olympics which are slated to be held from July 23 to August 8 in the Japan’s capital.

  “We are on track and will be able to achieve our best. If we are able to achieve our best then I hope we will finish in the top three,” Fayyaz told ‘The News’ in a detailed talk from Lahore on Monday.

  Arshad is the sole Olympics medal hope of Pakistan. He has the guts to break the 90 metre bloc which may land him on the victory podium. Fayyaz said until the middle of next month they will be in top load.

  “We will remain in the load until July 15 and after that we will enter the final competition phase and in the end our focus will remain only on throw,” Fayyaz said. Arshad is undergoing training in Lahore for the major assignment. Arshad created history when he managed an 86.20 metre throw during the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal in 2019 which enabled him not only to take gold but also helped him qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

  Khanewal-born athlete then bettered his throw by managing an 96.38 metre effort during an international event in Mashhad, Iran in April this year.

  After that he underwent solid training for a couple of weeks in Turkey under the World Athletics coach Viktor of Kazakhstan. The services of a physiotherapist have also been hired for Arshad during training in Lahore.

  Elaborating on different issues, Fayyaz said they had to achieve various targets during the training period.

  “We will complete strength, speed, endurance, general fitness besides fulfilling specific javelin exercises. We will have to see throw feelings. We will try to do our best in Pakistan before we move to Tokyo,” Fayyaz said. “I have to see how many hours he sleeps, and how fresh he is, how much he has eaten and how many times he has gone to washrooms. These are the sorts of information which you need for working on an athlete properly,” Fayyaz said.

  Fayyaz said that they will train and do throw practice in various environments. He said that Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) have sent to them fine javelins, adding these will help Arshad to train well.

  “We are focussing on regaining fitness and meeting all the requirements. We will break the 90 metre bloc InshaAllah. We have to practice throwing in all sorts of environments and I am hopeful we will do our best,” Fayyaz reiterated. Asked whether Arshad feels any sort of pressure ahead of the Olympics Fayyaz said it depends on how he is treated. “Arshad is an intelligent athlete. He knows the requirements of the federation and media and feels his targets and this is something very good in him. He takes responsibility and it enables him progress,” the coach said.

  It has also been learnt that the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) wanted to send Arshad to Japan by the middle of next month. However the federation decided against that on the request of the coach who told the authorities that they should be sent to Tokyo very close to the competition.

  Meanwhile, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) also plans to keep all the Olympics-bound athletes for a couple of weeks in Islamabad in a bio-secure environment as they will also undergo Covid tests and complete other formalities before their departure for Tokyo. “Yes, we have planned this. The flights to Tokyo will also be from here and so we plan to bring them all to Islamabad,” a senior PSB official told this correspondent.