India got their Tokyo Olympics campaign off to a rollicking start with weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bagging silver on the opening day of the games. As many as 127 Indian athletes are aiming for glory in the marquee event. Their arch-rivals, Pakistan, on the other hand, are making headlines for all wrong reasons. Their squad was heavily criticized for flouting the COVID-19 rules in the opening ceremony. Few athletes were seen without masks, some were wearing it over their chin while the rest had just their mouth covered. This brought immense embarrassment to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan fans and cricketers are upset that only 10 athletes will be representing the country in the showpiece event. Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir shared a collage of Pakistan’s 2012 Olympic contingent and the current squad. He wrote, “This is actually sad. Just 10 athletes from a country of 220 million people. To everyone who is responsible for Pakistan’s such decline in sports , SHAME ON YOU.”
This is actually sad. Just 10 athletes from a country of 220 million people.
To everyone who is responsible for Pakistan's such decline in sports , SHAME ON YOU! pic.twitter.com/4qkqC1cj7N
— Imran Nazir (@realimrannazir4) July 24, 2021
Since the country is led by Imran Khan, a World Cup winning skipper, most people expected him to improve the sporting culture in the country. However, things have got from bad to worse since he took over. Instead of focusing on improving the sports infrastructure, Imran Khan was more interested in mocking India after their loss in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
“A small country like New Zealand of 5 million people has just won the World Test Championship against India which has 1.3 billion people. This is because they have a very good system of bringing up talent and polishing that talent,” the Pakistani PM was quoted as saying by TimesNow News.
Pakistan’s last Olympic medal was a bronze, won by their hockey team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Their last individual medal was also a bronze, won by boxer Hussain Shah in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.