The Pakistani Wrestling Federation (PWF) took another hit when the Pakistan national wrestling team landed at the wrong airport and couldn’t go to the Asian Wrestling Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan
The coach, Ghulam Fareed, and athletes Mohammad Bilal, Inayatullah, and Nouman Zaka were turned away from the Almaty International Airport because they needed a visa, which can only be given in Astana.
Pakistan wrestling team entry to Asian Wrestling Championships 2023 Astana denied after team lands at wrong airport
Reports say that the team had plenty of chances to get to their final destination, but no planes could be arranged, so they couldn’t play in the games they were supposed to. If these players don’t show up, they might not be able to compete in future events like the World Championships or the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The Asian Wrestling Championships are important for both countries and fighters because only those who compete there can go to the World Championships in September. The vice-president of the PWF, Arshad Sattar, said that Pakistan did not have enough time to send in legal visa applications. But the federation was told that the problem would be fixed when the team got there.
Outcry from fans and wrestling community as Pakistani wrestlers
The vice-president of the PWF went on to say that Pakistan could still play in the World Championships even though they missed the event. But the fact that three of the team’s members, including a bronze medalist from the Commonwealth Games, won’t be there for future events could make a big difference in how well the team does.
Fans and people in the wrestling community were disappointed and angry when they heard that Pakistani fighters couldn’t take part in the Asian Wrestling Championships. Many people are asking for more help and resources for the country’s athletes so that these kinds of problems don’t happen again.
Support and resources crucial for maintaining Pakistan’s proud wrestling heritage
Pakistan has a proud past of making wrestlers who are among the best in the world, and it’s important that their hard work is recognised and supported. The wrestling programme in the country has taken a big hit because the PWF didn’t make sure the team had all the necessary paperwork and trip plans.
In conclusion, the Pakistani wrestling team missed the Asian Wrestling Championships because they landed at the wrong airport. This shows that the country’s players need more help and resources. It is important for Pakistan’s strong wrestling history that the PWF takes steps to make sure that this kind of setback doesn’t happen again. The fact that three team members won’t be there could have a big effect on how well the team does in foreign competitions like the World Championships and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.