Nationwide swimming champion Kiran Khan believes lack of coaching and worldwide publicity resulted within the nationwide swimming group’s poor present on the just lately concluded Commonwealth Video games, leaving the athlete skeptical of her participation on the Asian Video games in September.
“Earlier than the Commonwealth Video games, we hadn’t participated in worldwide occasions for an extended whereas, leading to our failure to place up a aggressive present towards others,” Kiran stated.
“If Pakistan desires its athletes to carry out on the Asian Video games, they should spend money on them with a view to type a crop ok for the worldwide circuit.” Kiran, who just lately gained 11 gold and three silver medals on the 13th Nationwide Girls’s [Open] Swimming Championship, says she won’t be investing in her coaching any additional.
“The Asian Video games are nearly right here and I nonetheless don’t know whether or not I’m collaborating or not; and if I’m, then the Pakistan Sports activities Board (PSB) is chargeable for my coaching programme. I’ve been spending on my coaching from my very own pocket, however now I gained’t because it goes to waste.”
In line with the Pakistani swimmer, their neighbouring international locations have been performing nicely because of the severe nature with which their respective boards took sports activities. “A final-minute resolution at all times impacts the athlete’s efficiency,” she concluded.