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Renowned Pakistan Javelin thrower and Olympian Arshad Nadeem has been ruled out of the Asian Athletics Championship, the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP)’s president Akram Sahi shared on Wednesday. 

President Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Akram Sahi, alongside the athlete, held a press conference here and announced that the latter will not be available for the Asian championship due to an injury to his left knee.

“Arshad is not fit to participate in the Asian Athletics Championship,” shared Sahi.

Sahi also held WAPDA accountable for Arshad Nadeem’s injury and alleged that the department forced him to participate in the recently-held National Games where he returned with a gold medal.

“Arshad was forced to participate in the National Games. We had warned WAPDA from taking any risk in Arshad’s case as he just recovered from a knee injury,” Sahi said.

Akram Sahi went on to assert that the track used during the National Games in Quetta was not up to the mark and played a major role in Arshad Nadeem sustaining the injury.

“Just for a medal, Arshad was forced to participate in the event in Quetta where the track is also not up to the mark,” Sahid claimed.

The AFP President further requested WAPDA’s high-ups to take care of their national heroes.

“Questions should be asked from higher authorities. We need to take care of our players,” he reiterated.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan’s Commonwealth Games hero Arshad Nadeem recently competed in the National Games.

He outpowered his opponents to get his hands on the gold medal in the ongoing 34th edition of the tournament.

Arshad showcased his potential and proved his mettle once again as he recorded the longest throw of 78.02m in his third attempt. His attempt was unmatched by any of his competitors and consequently clinched the gold medal.

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