ASHGABAT: All hopes that Pakistan harboured about clinching some medals in wrestling on the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games have been shattered on Tuesday when none of its six wrestlers might make it to the medal stage and obtained eradicated within the pre-quarter-finals right here on the Metropolis Olympic Village.
Mohammad Inam in 86kg, Abdul Wahab in 61kg and Mohammad Bilal in 57kg all misplaced within the opening matches whereas the remaining three wrestlers — Azhar Hussain in 59kg, Shoukat Ali in 56kg and Mohammad Umair in 98kg within the Greece-Roman — did not impress and have been crushed within the second spherical.
Within the first bout of the final-day proceedings, the 30-yr-previous Mohammad Umair of Pakistan misplaced to twenty-yr-previous Sukhroj Azizov of Tajikistan. Sukhroj, a teenager who had fnished because the runner-up within the Asian Championship in Moscow, gained the primary spherical by defeating Umair who’s a bronze medalist from the final yr’s Commonwealth Championship and fifth place holder of the Islamic Solidarity Video games at Baku in 2017.
Within the second bout 21-yr previous Aidos Sullangali of Kazakhstan beat 33-yr-previous Pakistani wrestler Azhar Hussain in simply 44sec.
Aidos, the Asian Cadet champion and junior Asian champion, was in excellent type and gave no time to Azhar to quiet down.
Within the final bout of the day, the 19-yr-previous Ul Yamato of Japan beat Shoukat Ali of Pakistan, additionally a 19-yr-previous, inside 50 seconds and gained the bout 10-zero.
Earlier than dealing with Shoukat, the Japanese wrestler had recorded victory towards a Philippines wrestler within the quarter-finals whereas Shoukat Ali had received a direct entry to the semis.
There have been a lot of expectations from the Pakistan wrestling squad preserving in view their expertise however none of them might fulfil them. Some specialists have referred to as for youthful wrestlers to be groomed for worldwide occasions since virtually all of the wrestlers within the present squad besides Shoukat have superior in age and usually are not adept with the fashionable methods of the game.
“Pakistan ought to introduce youthful, recent expertise fairly than depend on previous wrestlers,” stated an skilled.
“The sport of wrestling has drastically modified now and sluggish and hulking wrestlers can’t transfer quicker to match their rivals. Aerobics and trendy methods have been launched on the earth of wrestling and Pakistan ought to work on the identical strains if it needs to stay within the medals race sooner or later occasions,” he stated.
Pakistan’s one hundred thirty five-member contingent took half in 9 disciplines and completed the sport on the twenty first place with a complete of 21 medals together with two gold, three silver and sixteen bronze medals. Pakistan gained medals within the athletic, belt wrestling, ju-jitsu, snooker, and kick boxing.
Revealed in Daybreak, September twenty seventh, 2017
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