Arshad Nadeem has been given honorary membership by the Cambridge University Sports Centre, which has increased his drive to medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Pakistan’s best chance at a medal
The 25-year-old javelin thrower, who represents Pakistan’s best chance at a medal, is now receiving treatment for an elbow injury while training at the facility under the guidance of Pakistani-born Dr. Ali Sher Bajwa in preparation for his competition on August 5 at the Birmingham Games.
Arshad wrote in a message about the membership, “It has further raised my morale and increased to my motivation before the competition.”
The World Athletics Championship held in the United States
Arshad enters the Commonwealth Games with a fifth-place performance in the javelin event at the World Athletics Championship held in the United States last week.
Arshad made history last year by becoming the first athlete from Pakistan to qualify for a track and field final at the Olympics in Tokyo.
Salman Butt, his coach, is not with him in Birmingham, though, as the Pakistan Olympic Association was unable to expedite the accreditation process due to the Pakistan Sports Board’s tardiness in delivering the necessary paperwork.
India’s Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra withdrew from the competition
Arshad’s prospects of earning a medal have, however, greatly boosted after India’s Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra withdrew from the competition owing to an injury, according to Salman, who has been conducting training sessions electronically.
“It’s challenging since you can only see a small plan of his motions virtually, but nevertheless we are managing.”
Only world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who triumphed in Oregon with a throw over 90 metres, stands in Arshad’s way of a gold medal based on current performance.
“Peters is the only athlete from the top four at the World Championships who will compete in Birmingham, and Arshad is very optimistic he can bring home a medal,” says Arshad.