Pakistan’s star javelin thrower, Arshad Nadeem, had to withdraw from the Asian Games due to a knee injury, which is a significant setback for Pakistan’s hopes of winning medals at the event.
This decision was confirmed by an official from the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA).
Nadeem informed both the POA and the Pakistani contingent that he couldn’t participate in the event because of a long-standing knee injury. This unfortunate news came just one day before he was scheduled to compete in the men’s Javelin Throw finals.
According to a statement attributed to Pakistan’s chef de mission and released by the POA, Arshad Nadeem had been experiencing knee pain for several months, which became more concerning after the World Athletics Championship.
On October 2, he complained about the pain in his right knee and expressed a desire to get a proper evaluation to understand its impact on his ability to participate in the Javelin Throw event. The chief medical officer of the Pakistan Contingent recommended a thorough check-up.
Following this recommendation, Nadeem underwent a medical examination, including a non-invasive MRI test at a local hospital in Hangzhou, which revealed the extent of his long-standing injury.
After consulting with medical personnel, Arshad Nadeem made the difficult decision not to participate in the Asian Games. His main concern was to avoid any situation that could further hinder his training and preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.