The 12 best national athletes obtain Olympic scholarships

KARACHI: Olympian javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem and veteran wrestler Mohammad Inam are among 12 athletes who have received Olympic scholarships from the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity.

“We are pleased to inform that in view of the request and recommendation of the Pakistan Olympic Association, the IOC Olympic Solidarity has very kindly awarded Olympic scholarships to the following 12 Pakistani athletes for training and preparation for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics,” the POA said in a press release on Friday.

Athletes who received scholarships include Arshad Nadeem (javelin thrower), Olympian badminton player Mahoor Shehzad, swimmer Jehanara Nabi, table tennis player Perniya Zaman Khan, weightlifter Nooh Dastgir Butt, wrestlers Mohammad Inam and his cousin Mohammad Bilal and shooters Usman Chand, Gulfam Joseph, Anna Ibtisam, Kishmala Talat and Rasam Gull.

“This program has been designed for elite athletes who are training and trying to qualify for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. of four periods of one month each until August 31, 2024. Each athlete will receive a scholarship of 650 US dollars per month for the preparation of the Summer Olympics Paris 2024,” said the POA.

“As soon as the contracts, the scholarship agreement are signed by the athletes and the national federation, NOC of Pakistan and Olympic Solidarity, the scholarship will be activated,” he added.

POA Chief Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated and wished all the athletes and the respective National Federations, Services and Departments a very successful training and preparation undertaking to qualify for the Olympic Games in summer of Paris 2024. He also appreciated the POA secretariat for getting this job done well on time.

When asked why there were also a few female players in the list, a POA official said that without maintaining gender equality then such scholarships would not be awarded.

The official said the NOC had sought names from the relevant federations, which were then forwarded to the IOC.

Naomi C. Amerson