Olympians Usman, Arshad exchange experiences before Paris Olympics

By our correspondent
LAHORE: It was amazing to see two Olympians of Pakistan holding a rare meeting at Lahore recently.
Melbourne-based eventer Usman Khan, who these days resides in France, held a meeting with the country’s premier javelin thrower and world silver medallist Arshad Nadeem at Nishtar Park Lahore.
They shared their preparation updates with each other at the cordial sitting which lasted for half an hour.
Usman wished Arshad good luck for the Paris Olympics. He told him that he is the major medal hope of the country.
He also shared with Arshad his experiences.
Senior sports journalist Alam Zeb Safi was also present at the meeting.
Usman will be the first equestrian in Pakistan’s history who will be featuring in Paris Olympics.
He had also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics but his horse Azad Kashmir died. He then had to revise his qualification and when he was close to finish line a fatal accident happened and his horse Kasheer died on the spot and he was left critically injured.
He remained under treatment for several months before making a strong comeback. And a few months ago he again clicked and qualified for the Paris Olympics.
On the other hand Arshad is undergoing rehab here at the Punjab Stadium. He had injured his right knee at the 34th National Games in Quetta last May. He missed the Asian Championship in Bangkok, underwent treatment and then decided to feature in the Hungary World Championship where he created history.Aeshad became the first Pakistani athlete who won silver in the global event with an 87.82m throw.

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