Focus on other sports which are not cricket: inter-school swimming champion Azlan

LAHORE: McDonald’s National Inter-School Age Group Swimming Championship came to an end on Sunday with Azlan Khan winning four gold medals to bag the best swimmer of the event title.

Players participating in the event said that if they are given such chances on regular basis then they can make Pakistan proud in the world.

The event took place in the Punjab International Swimming Complex.

The two-day event brought together 35 educational institutes and nearly 300 swimmers from all across the country, where they participated in 46 events.

The best swimmer of the event, Azlan, who belongs to the Government College University Lahore, won the 200 metres IM event, the 50 metre butterfly event, the 100 metre butterfly event and the 50 metre freestyle event.

“I want to bring laurels for Pakistan through swimming,” said Azlan after receiving the best swimmer trophy. “I know I will have to work hard for it.”

Meanwhile, Azlan told The Express Tribune that, “We need to develop better systems in Pakistan. I would request the government to support other sports and not just focus on cricket.”

He also highlighted the negligence shown towards Pakistan’s national game of field hockey. “The athletes of other sports can’t complain because even the national sport, hockey, is being neglected.”

He continued by saying that, “Our swimmers should not have to go out of the country to receive quality training. The systems in Pakistan should be good enough that we can develop our abilities here. We need to change the system in we want swimmers to raise Pakistan’s flag in the world.”

He continued by targeting cricket, and complained about the inadequacies shown by the Pakistan Swimming Federation. “Cricket camps are set up every year in Pakistan, but the Pakistan Swimming Federation has been unable to organise a camp in the last decade.”

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