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Arshad Nadeem Withdraws from Asian Games 2023, Paris 2024 Participation in Doubt

Pakistan’s star javelin thrower, Arshad Nadeem, has withdrawn from the ongoing Asian Games 2023 in China due to persistent knee pain. This development has raised concerns about his participation in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Nadeem, who was expected to be a strong contender in the Javelin Throw event at the Asian Games, first reported the pain during a training session on September 27, 2023, after arriving in Hangzhou. He revealed that he had been grappling with the pain for several months, a concern that had become particularly pressing following the World Athletics Championship.

On October 2, Nadeem again complained of pain in his right knee and expressed a desire to undergo an evaluation to determine the impact on his ability to participate in the Asian Games. The Chief Medical Officer of the Pakistan Contingent recommended a comprehensive check-up.

Nadeem underwent a thorough medical examination, including a non-invasive test, i.e., MRI, at a local hospital in Hangzhou. The MRI revealed a chronic injury which he had been carrying for some time.

After consulting with medical personnel, Nadeem decided not to participate in the Asian Games to prevent any untoward situation that might hinder his training program and participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

This decision has significant implications for the world of athletics, particularly given Nadeem’s rivalry with India’s Neeraj Chopra. The two athletes have competed closely in several tournaments, and their rivalry has been a highlight of recent athletic events.

Nadeem’s withdrawal from the Asian Games is a significant blow to Pakistan’s medal hopes in the event. However, the focus is now on his recovery and preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where he is expected to be a strong contender.

The news of Nadeem’s withdrawal comes as a surprise to many, given his impressive performance at the World Athletics Championship. Despite the pain, Nadeem managed to secure a place in the final with a best throw of 86.79 meters, surpassing the Olympic benchmark of 85.50 meters.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether Nadeem will recover in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. His fans and the athletic community worldwide are hoping for his speedy recovery and return to the field.

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