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Former Pakistani athlete advises sports bodies to stay away from politics

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Talha Talib after his heroic performance at Tokyo Olympics (Left) and Arshad Nadeem as he throws a javelin (R). 
  • Politics has destroyed Pakistan’s sports, says ex-athlete Mohammad Talib. 
  • “We need people in the sports governing bodies who could work selflessly on the athletes’ development,” he says. 
  • Ex-athlete laments how countries with small populations are bagging medals while Pakistan lags.

Former international athlete and ex-trainer of the Pakistan hockey team, Mohammad Talib, has advised the country’s sports bodies to stay away from politics, in an interview with The News

Talib remained Pakistan hockey team’s trainer from 1980 to 1988 and had also trained the Pakistan boxing team from 1992 to 2004. 

He said that the recent heroics by Olympians Talha Talib and Arshad Nadeem proved that there was no dearth of talent in Pakistan. 

“But we need to polish this talent properly. We need such people in the sports governing bodies who could…

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