Pakistan to send strong delegation to Ashgabat 2017
Pakistan has announced that it will be sending a delegation of up to 140 members to the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September.
The announcement followed a meeting of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) who confirmed that they will be competing in 11 sports in a bid to boost its overall Games medal tally of 12 which includes three gold, four silver and five bronze medals.
The final list will be decided by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) but a senior official said that it is unlikely to change much following the meeting in Lahore.
“I don’t think any further reduction could be made by the PSB. If there is any reduction it may be of eight to 10 people,” said POA secretary Khalid Mehmood.
Athletes have been nominated to compete in Indoor Athletics, Billiard Sports, Short Course Swimming, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Tennis, Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing as well as Traditional Wrestling, Belt Wrestling and both disciplines in the Wrestling.
The Secretary General said that the standard of competition is expected to be extremely high so medals will be tough to win, particularly as the Asian athletes are being joined by Oceania nations in Ashgabat.
“New Zealand are strong in Swimming for example so our medal chances in that sport may be slim,” said Mehmood.
“In Athletics we have a chance in the hurdles and relay. But it depends on the situation.”
He added that during their presentations, all the national federations expressed the hope that their athletes would deliver positive results in Ashgabat.