6th Asian Beach Games: PKF wants to raise strong side

From Ms Shafaat

ISLAMABAD: It is not yet known whether China would be able to host the 6th Asian Beach Games which have been pencilled in for November 18 to December 6 in Sanya, China.In fact if it is held then Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) would like to raise a strong side so that it could defend the title.“Yes definitely, if things get better, hard work would be made for the event if it it goes as per schedule,” PKF Secretary Mohammad Sarwar told thecricketplus.com.

In 2016 5th Asian Games held in Vietnam Pakistan kabaddi team had lifted the title after beating India in the final 30-28.Knowing deeply the issues which have been created with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Sarwar said that currently no practice is possible as kabaddi is a body contact game.

“No, nothing is possible as kabaddi is a body contact game. We have to follow the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), International Kabaddi Federation and Pakistan Olympic Association,” said Sarwar, also a former Pakistan captain.

When asked where he would like to hold camp for the China event Sarwar said Karachi would be his top target.“It would be of high value if we are able to get a camp at Karachi. It has the best beach environment where oxygen level is also different and such thing will help the players,” Sarwar said.

“We will need at least two months training there and some physical training in Islamabad,” Sarwar said.However he stressed all these things depend on the COVID-19 situation and it is also not yet certain whether the continental beach spectacle will be held as per schedule.“OCA will take eventual decision,” the official said.When asked how Pakistan’s players are keeping themselves fit during the lockdown Sarwar said as majority of them live in rural areas and running on roads and some added physical work at home is enough.

However he said that as kabaddi is a team game, team practice is not possible.“Yes, it indeed would not be easy to bring the team into rhythm after the COVID-19. Hopefully we are looking forward to plan well once we will be in a position to do so when the situation will get better,” Sarwar said.

Pakistan has decided to compete in seven disciplines in the 6th Asian Beach Games which include kabaddi, volleyball, wrestling, athletics, ju-jitsu, handball and sailing. POA has sent Entry by Sport and Entry by Number Forms of above sports disciplines to the Organizing Committee of the Games within the given timeline.

In the 2016 Asian Beach Games in Vietnam Pakistan had finished with two gold, three silvers and six bronze medals.Besides gold in the last edition in kabaddi, Pakistan had claimed silver in the initial four edition. India and Iran have to their credit two crowns each. Pakistan took one.

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