Star javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem arrives in Pakistan

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Pakistan’s star athlete, Arshad Nadeem, who won gold medals for Pakistan in the javelin throw events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Islamic Solidarity Games in the Turkish city of Konya, has returned home on Tuesday.

Arshad Nadeem arrived in Lahore late at night from Istanbul on board a foreign airline flight. At the Allama Iqbal airport, he got heroic reception as several people including his family, friends, fans and the officials of the Pakistan Sports Board gathered at the airport to accord him a warm welcome. His fans also danced to the beat of the drums.

Talking to the media, the star athlete said that he won gold medals thanks to the prayers of the Paki-stani nation. It is an honour to win two medals for Pakistan, he said.

Arshad reiterated his demand that Pakistani ath-letes should also get facilities like international ath-letes. He stressed that Pakistani athletes can win gold medals in other competitions also if they are provided with resources. The athlete also requested the government pro-vide a separate ground for the Olympics. Before leaving for Pakistan, Arshad posted a photograph of himself with a caption: “By the grace of God, I am going back to my homeland Pakistan.”

Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem recently won two gold medals for Pakistan — one in the Com-monwealth Games in Birmingham and the other in the Islamic Solidarity Games in the Turkish city of Konya.—Agencies

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