August 9, 2008

Olympics; Pakistan's Perspective

Pakistan’s 34-member contingent has already left for Beijing to participate in the 29th Olympic Games scheduled to be held from August 8 to 24 in the capital city of China. Pakistan’s medal hope is the hockey squad which has prepared extensively for the Olympics. 21 players and 9 officials of the four games would be the part of contingent while five officials of the contingent including Chef-de-Mission Syed Aqil Shah would visit China to represent Pakistan in the Beijing Olympic Games 2008.

Pakistan last won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Hockey has remained the only medal-winning game for Pakistan as the team grabbed three gold medals in 1960 (Italy), 1968 (Mexico) and 1984 (Los Angeles). The hockey team has qualified to participate in the Games after winning bronze medal in the 15th Asian Games held at Doha Qatar. The other sportspersons in athletics, swimming and shooting are participating on wild cards. Pakistan, the three-time Olympic and four-time world champions, expects the country could retain its past glory in the 12-nation hockey event.

Hockey Portfolio
Group B; Pakistan, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Britain and South Africa.
Group A; China, Germany, Spain, South Korea, New Zealand and Belgium.
The Australians will defend their gold medal in Beijing as men’s hockey celebrates 100 years at the Olympics.

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Meanwhile, the management of the hockey team is confident that there will be no doping issues for the green shirts despite the fact that the squad will be leaving without undergoing dope tests.

The Anti-Doping Organization of Pakistan (ADOP) had expressed concern over PHF’s failure to give a dope clearance report of the players to the body.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan swimmers who gave their sample for the dope test received a clearance report from the World-Anti Doping Agency within 10 days.

“In case a player is caught in a doping offence in Beijing, he would be banned for two years,” says ADOP chairman Dr Waqar.

National Flag Bearer
Zeshan Ashraf (captain field hockey)

Pakistan’s Squad
The officials: Muhammad Aqil Shah (chef-de-mission), Dr. Waqar Ahmed (doctor), Brig Saleem Nawaz (secretary), Muhammad Akhtar Nawaz Gungeera (finance secretary), Captain (retrd) Zafar Iqbal Awan (security official).
Athletics: Haji Khalid Mehmood (manager), Abdul Rasheed, Sadaf Siddiqui (players).
Swimming: Major Majid Waseem (manager), Venna Masood (women's coach), Adil Baig, Kiran Khan (players).
Shooting: Khalid Javad (manager) Saddique Umer (players).
Hockey: Zakauddin (manager-cum-coach), Naveed Alam (coach), Faizur Rahman (physio), Nadeem Ahmed Lodhi (video -analyst), Salam Akbar, Nasir Ali, Zeshan Ashraf (captain), Muhammad Imran (vice captain), Syed Imran Ali Warsi, Adnan Maqsood, Muhammad Saqlain, Rana Asif, Muhammad Javad, Muhammad Waqas, Rehan Butt, Shakil Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair, Shafqat Rasool, Waqas Akbar and Abbas Haider (players).

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