Pakistan has had a decent participation history in the 2012 London Olympics, but it is unfortunately for the first time in the history of Pakistani sports that the national hockey team has failed to qualify for the Olympics. Pakistanis once prided themselves on producing extraordinary and matchless athletes, mostly in the national game of hockey and squash.

The country’s hockey team was witnessed to have won various Olympic medals in the 1980s and 1990s. Out of ten Olympic medals Pakistan had just won between 1948 and 2012, the hockey team had secured eight. The same situation is the team of squash in Pakistan which was once a big successful sport in the South Asian countries that produced legendary players like Jahangir Khan and Jahansher Khan, but unfortunately one cannot find a single player now who can do more to bring it to its previous position.

Maybe one of the gigantic reasons in declining of sports in Pakistan is the lack of funding and vision. According to some reports, Pakistan’s spends its lowest budget on sports less than both Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In fact, Pakistanis are not even interested enough to invest on other sports rather than cricket. They are frustrated and disappointed because mostly coaches are illiterate.

ZEESHAN NASIR,

Turbat, October 7.