Wednesday Aug 03, 2016
The biggest sporting extravaganza of 2016, Rio Olympics, is set to commence on Friday with only seven athletes participating from Pakistan — the lowest number of participants from the country ever in the history of the games.
For the first time, Pakistan’s Olympic contingent will be without the Hockey team hence the tradition of Hockey team’s captain being contingent’s flag bearer will not be met.
Reliable sources from Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) have informed this correspondent that in the absence of the Hockey captain, Judoka Shah Hussain Shah is going to be Pakistan's flag bearer in the games.
Pakistan's campaign in Rio Olympics will commence on 6th August when two of country’s athletes will be in action at the games.
The first Pakistani athlete to be in action at Rio will be the shooter, Minhal Sohail, who will participate in qualification rounds of 10m Air Rifle event for women, which is scheduled to commence at 4:30pm PST.
Also on Saturday, swimmer Haris Banday will jump in the pool for his 400m freestyle heats.
Pakistan's possible medal hope at the games, Shah Hussain Shah, will fight his first bout on 11th August. He is participating in -100kg weight category of Judo competition.
Another shooter, Ghulam Mustafa Bashir, participating in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol competition will be in action on 12th August.
Swimmer Lianna Swan will also be in action on the same day for the heats in the women’s 25m freestyle category.
Sprinter Mahboob Ali will run for the heats in the men's 400m on August 13th while Najma Parveen will compete in the women's 200m heats on 15th August.
If any of athletes qualify for the next stage at the games, his/her schedule will be announced accordingly.