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Shadab Khan Pledges to Set Up a Fund to Prepare Athletes for Olympics

Pakistan’s limited-overs vice-captain, Shadab Khan, has pledged to set up a fund for Pakistani athletes in preparation for the 2024 Olympics. Shadab’s announcement came after Pakistan’s weightlifter, Talha Talib, stunned the world with his powerful performance in the 67 kg weightlifting competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Talha overcame all odds and finished fifth in the competition, just 2 kgs behind the bronze medal position. His magnificent performance turned him into an overnight sensation in the country as the people appreciated his efforts in the competition.

Talha’s achievement is extraordinary because he was offered little support by Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), and just like many other athletes, he managed all the training expenses himself.

Shadab first took to Twitter to appreciate the effort of the 21-year old and urged Pakistan’s sports administration to help athletes like Talha so that they can bring medals for their country.

Shadab also announced that he would set up a fund within the next year for the athletes to better prepare for the next Olympics.

“Within the next year, I pledge to set up a fund for Pakistan’s Olympics athletes in preparation for the next Olympics. Looking at people like Talha Talib, we all should play our part in supporting Pakistan’s heroes. Please join me for Pakistan,” Shadab Tweeted.


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Talha is one of the only ten Pakistani athletes taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is one of the lowest numbers of athletes sent by Pakistan in their Olympics history. Talha provided a glimmer of hope for Pakistan to bring home a medal, which would have been their first in 28 years.

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