GUANGZHOU (APP) Pakistan hopes China will help accelerate its transformation from a sporting minnow to another Asian dragon. We need help in almost all ports, especially in swimming and track and field. We have so much to learn from China, Syed Arif Hasan, president of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), said in a media interview here. Without a doubt, China is a sporting giant in Asia and the world and its help is crucial to the development of sports in Pakistan. China has sent some of its best table tennis, swimming and wushu coaches to Pakistan, which has already reaped the rewards at the Asiad, courtesy of Ijaz Ahmeds silver medal in the mens sanshou 75 kg. Arif Hasan said he wants to go one better and put his athletes in a Chinese training environment that extends beyond the vision of a handful of imported coaches. Id like China to give our athletes opportunities to train and compete in China with local Chinese athletes, which is something that would definitely help us improve, he said, adding that he plans to write a letter to that effect to Liu Peng, president of the China Olympic Association. In return, Pakistan could help Chinas cricket and field hockey teams, he said. Unlike China, which derives great patriotic pride from its athletes sporting success, Pakistan has a low budget for sports and sports infrastructure. Parents in Pakistan dont want their children to become professional athletes. They prefer them to be doctors or lawyers who are paid a lot more, said Arif Hasan. What Pakistan needs is not a grand stadium like the Birds Nest in Beijing, but many accessible sports venues with basic equipment at the community level, so every sports lover can get to play, the China Daily reported Arif as saying. He said officials are often haranguing him about results without investing in the athletes first, and said he hopes to see them build more organizations at the grassroots level that can detect young talent and ensure proper training. Before international events, they always ask me how many gold medals Im going to bring home. I always answer that it depends on the amount of support you have given our athletes, he said. Meanwhile, Arif Hasan welcomed a decision by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on November 12 to lend financial support to his flood-ravaged country. We have asked our finance committee to allocate whatever amount of funds we can give them, said OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. The OCA and the International Olympic Committee pledged $100,000 earlier this year to repair the POAs sports infrastructure that was damaged by the summer flooding. As of Thursday, Pakistan has won two medals at the Guangzhou Games, including a bronze for its snooker team. Its womens cricket team will play in the tournament final on Friday.