ASHGABAT, (Turkmenistan): Pakistan hope for medals in the wrestling shattered with none of the six wrestlers could make it to the medal fight and eliminated well in the pre-quarter-finals of the wrestling event in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games being played here at City Olympic Village venue on Tuesday.
Mohammad Inam in 86kg, Abdul Wahab in 61kg and Mohammad Bilal in 57kg lost in the opening matches while the remaining three wrestlers comprising Azhar Hussain in 59kg, Shoukat Ali in 56kg and Mohammad Umair in 98kg in
the Greece-Roman failed to impress and surprisingly if bouts counts – Mohammad Umair lost in first round, Azhar lost just in 44sec and Shoukat Ali was beaten in the second round.
The difference between the wrestlers from Pakistan and other competitors’ countries was alarming as none of the Pakistani wrestlers could secure a worthwhile thing and lost in a one-sided affair despite having more experience and more than doubled in the age.
In the first bout of the last-day proceedings 30-year-old Mohammad Umair of Pakistan lost to 20-year-old Sukhroj Azizov of Tajikistan. The young and runners-up of the Asian Championship in Moscow Sukhroj Azizov
took the first round by defeating a bronze medalist of the last year Commonwealth Championship and 5th position holder of the Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku in 2017 Umair of Pakistan.
In the second bout 21-year old Aidos Sullangali of Kazakhstan beat the 33-year-old Pakistan’s Azhar Hussain in just 44sec.
The Asian Cadet Champion and Junior Asian Champion Aidos was in superb form and gave no time to Azhar Hussain to settle down.
In the last bout of the day Ul Yamato of Japan, a 19-year-old beat 19-year-old Shoukat Ali of Pakistan just in seconds and won the bout 10-0.
Before facing Shoukat Ali of Pakistan, the Japanese wrestler recorded victory against Philippines wrestler in the quarter-finals while Pakistan Shoukat Ali got a direct entry to the semi-finals.
There were lots of expectations from the wrestling squad looking after the age and experience but none of them could be reached to those expectations.
Talking about Pakistan’s position, an expert on the assurance of not to be named said Pakistan had great talent in the past and still much talent was there.
Pakistan should introduce young talent rather to rely on old. The game of wrestling has drastically changed now and slow and bulky wrestlers cannot move faster as aerobics, quickness, and sharpness techniques have been introduced in the world of wrestling and Pakistan should work on the same line if wanted to be in the game for longer time.
Pakistan’s 135-member contingent took part in nine disciplines and finished the game on 21 positions with total 21 medals including two gold, three silver and 16 bronze medals. Pakistan won medals in the athletic, belt wrestling, ju-jitsu, snooker, and kicking boxing.
The details of the medals are underway.
Mohammad Adnan Men’s Pahlavani -90kg (Silver medal)
Mohammad Safdar Men’s Classic Style -65kg (Bronze medal)
Mohammad Basit Men’s Freestyle +100kg (Bronze medal)
Ambreen Masshi Women’s Alysh Free -60kg (Bronze medal)
Humaira Ashiq Women’s Classic Style -50kg (Bronze Medal)
Ambreen Massih Women’s Classic Style -55kg (Bronze medal)
Beenish Massih Women’s Classic Style -70kg (Bronze medal)
Maryum Women’s Freestyle -50kg (Bronze medal)
Beenish Khan Women’s Freestyle -70kg (Bronze medal)
Billiard Snooker Sports
Mohammad Sajjad Men’s 6-Red Snooker Singles (Bronze medal)
Indoor Athletics Indoor Athletics
Men’s 4x400m Relay (Gold medal)
Rafique Siddique/Shahzeb Nawaz Janjua Men’s Duo Show (Gold medal)
Abu Hurrana/ Mohammad Ammar Men’s Duo Classic (Silver medal)
Rafique Siddique/Komal Emmanuel Mixed Duo Show (Silver medal)
Jahanzeb Lone Men’s Ne-Waza -56kg (Bronze medal)
Komal Emmaneil/Sonia Manzoor Women’s Duo Classic (Bronze medal)
Komal Emmaneul/ Sonia Manzoor Women’s Duo Show (Bronze medal)
Sonia Manzoor/Shazeb Nawaz Janjua Mixed Duo Classic (Bronze medal)
Maaz Khan Men’s Full Contact -75kg (Bronze medal)
Traditional Wrestling Traditional Wrestling
Mohammad Anwar Men’s Classic Style -57 kg (Bronze medal)
MASIH Ambreen Women’s Freestyle -58 kg (Bronze medal)