Arshad vows to compete in major int’l events despite injury


From Sports Correspondent

LAHORE: Despite carrying a chronic elbow injury, Pakistan’s top javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem on Thursday vowed to compete in all major international competitions including World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Islamic Games during 2022. “Injuries are part of every athlete’s life; they come and go but I am ready to represent Pakistan at this year’s World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Islamic Games,” Arshad said and regretted that the Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from Sept 10-25, had been postponed indefinitely due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in the East Asian country.

The 25-year-old Arshad, who rose to prominence last year by becoming Pakistan’s very first track and field athlete who directly qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and also competed there in the finals to finish fifth, told Dawn that he faced the same elbow pain when he competed in Tokyo.

Arshad will represent Pakistan at the World Athletics Championships being held in Eugene, US from July 15 to 24 before competing in the July 28-Aug 8 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. In the last assignment of the year, he will participate in the Islamic Games being staged in Konya, Turkey from Aug 9 to 18.