LAHORE: Although each athlete and official who’re a part of the Pakistan contingent for the Tokyo Olympics have been examined seven occasions every for Covid-19, they might not totally comply with the usual working procedures (SOPs) set for bio-secure bubble.
The final flight of the athletes, together with Arshad Nadeem and Najma Parveen, is ready to take off on Thursday from totally different airports as the federal government didn’t plan send-off the 20-member contingent collectively.
In the meantime, weightlifter Talha Talib will go away for Tokyo on Wednesday night time together with Brig Zaheer Akhtar, Chef de Mission retired Lt Colonel Mohammad Nasir Ijaz Tung, whereas Six athletes together with their help personnel have already reached the Olympic Village.
Pakistan are fielding a tiny contingent comprising 10 rivals and as many officers for the approaching Video games however they needed to depart for Tokyo in three batches from totally different cities.
An official of the contingent informed Daybreak that the SOPs for the bio-secure bubble couldn’t be adopted as athletes most well-liked to coach on their very own in several cities — equivalent to shooters in Jhelum, athletes in Lahore and Faisalabad, swimmers in Islamabad — so it was not attainable to arrange bio-secure bubble in every of the centres.
The official claimed on Monday, the Athletics Federation of Pakistan additionally hosted a reception in honour of Arshad in Lahore, whereas including each participant and official had cleared all Covid-19 exams.
The official, nonetheless, lamented, that not like India, the federal authorities didn’t plan any sendoff ceremony for the athletes. It might be talked about right here that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi organised a lavish sendoff ceremony for his nation’s Olympic contingent, which incorporates 120 athletes.
The official stated based on the IOC’s SOPs such sendoffs weren’t allowed and he didn’t know the way the Indian prime minister organised such an occasion.
Printed in Daybreak, July 21st, 2021