With the 2016 IPC Asia Oceania Athletics Championships officially getting underway tomorrow and the Pakistani team leaving today for the competition, the National Paralympic Committee of Pakistan has spent the past few days reaching out to members of the sports community in the country to insure that its competitors can compete.
According to NPC Pakistan in a post on Facebook, “National Paralympic Committee of Pakistan intended to enter more athletes but due to huge scarcity of funds and no support from the government, it could only manage participation of three athletes. We are thankful to IPC / LOC and their sponsors for extending solidarity to Pakistan without which participation of Team Pakistan would have not been possible. However, We are still facing shortfall of Rs,212000/- to pay the Participation / Entry Fee to the IPC while the team has to depart in the evening of 2nd March 2016. Members of the Executive Committee of NPC – Pakistan have already contributed Rs.95000/- from their personal pocket reducing the shortfall to Rs.117000/-.”
The country’s three athlete strong delegation for the competition includes Haider Ali, Muhammad Awais, and Shahzad Akram. Haider is Pakistan’s first and only Paralympic medalist, having won silver at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in men’s long jump F37/38 event. They are asking anyone who can contribute to get in touch with them for bank transfer details.