The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has announced the final list of athletes who will represent Pakistan in 25 different sports during the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The prestigious event is scheduled to take place from September 23 to October 8.
Pakistan will be competing in a wide range of sports, including archery, athletics, bridge, badminton, boxing, cricket, climbing, e-sports, fencing, golf, hockey, kabaddi, karate, rowing, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis, taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
However, it was also revealed that Pakistan will not participate in certain major sports like judo, equestrian, baseball, football, and gymnastics. The absence in these sports is attributed to funding issues and delays in confirming entries.
The list of athletes includes prominent names, but some renowned athletes are missing from their respective sports. Wrestler Inam Butt, sprinter Mueed Baloch in athletics, weightlifter Nooh Butt, and Hamza Khan, the winner of the World Junior Squash Championship in Melbourne, are among the notable omissions.
The Olympic Council of Asia had set a deadline of July 15 for countries to finalize their contingent details. Pakistan’s athletes are gearing up to showcase their talent and make their nation proud at the prestigious sporting event in Hangzhou.
The participation of Pakistani athletes in such a major international competition highlights the country’s dedication to promoting sports and nurturing the talents of its athletes. The entire nation eagerly awaits the performances of the Pakistani contingent as they compete against some of the best athletes in Asia.