Arshad leaves for London for treatment



KARACHI (Reuters) – Pakistani javelin athlete Arshad Nadeem was due to fly from Lahore to London on Wednesday night to receive treatment for elbow and knee injuries.

“Yes, he will fly to London tonight via Emirates Airlines to undergo treatment,” a senior official of the Pakistan Athletics Federation (AFP) told Al-Akhbar.

The official said he would return on December 12 after receiving the required treatment from a committee of doctors that had already been arranged.

The official said Arshad would be properly taken care of in London. “Some of his tests have already been carried out while more will be done according to requirements. We hope the treatment will help him recover perfectly for future international events.”

Meanwhile, Arshad told the reporter on Wednesday that he is expected to fly to London on Wednesday night for treatment. “I suffer from elbow and knee problems, and the time has come to treat them so that I can begin appropriate preparations for future major events,” he said.

Oxford-based Dr Ali Sher Bajwa, who treated Arshad during the World Championships in the US last summer, is the main man and it is through his help that AFP runs Arshad’s treatment in London.

The official told AFP that the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) had been asked and hoped the state would step back financially because Arshad needed treatment for his injured elbow.

Arshad also defended his national title in javelin the other day and the official told AFP he did not feel any pain. The official said: “I think he was comfortable during his throws and I hope any issue that exists in London will be dealt with properly.”

Arshad sustained an elbow injury during an international meet in Iran in early 2021 during which he scored his personal best throw.

Then he was injured in the Tokyo Olympics, the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Islamic Games. However, in all four of these events he put in amazing performances, which also included gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Islamic Games in Turkey.

Arshad, who also got his bronze in the 2018 Asian Games Indonesia, has to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics. The way he has grown in the past few years, it is believed that he has a great chance of winning a medal in Paris if he is treated right.

The 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games is also a big target for Arshad, who finished fifth at both the Tokyo Olympics and the World Championships in the US.

Meanwhile, the AFP official also said that the union’s senior officers would get their heads together and decide during the week for the future national camp.

“Since the national event has just ended, we will discuss, God willing, within a week various options related to the national camp, which is very important for future international events,” the official said.


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