LAHORE- Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on Friday announced scholarships for top talented athletes to improve their skills and bring medals for the country as Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) failed to properly take care of primer athletes of the country. After considering the request of the POA, the IOC Olympic Solidarity awarded Olympic Scholarships to the 12 athletes of Pakistan for training and preparation for the Summer Olympic Games Paris 2024. Top Pakistani athletes including Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem (Athletics), Mahoor Shahzad (Badminton), Usman Chand, Gulfam Joseph, Anna Ibtisam, Kishmala Talat, Rasam Gull (Shooting), Jehanara Nabi (Swimming), Perniya Zaman Khan (Table Tennis), Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt (Weightlifting), Muhammad Bilal and Muhammad Inam (Wrestling) are including in scholarship program. This program has been designed for the elite athletes who are training, and attempting to qualify, for the Summer Olympic Games Paris 2024. The Olympic scholarship will start on 1 January 2022 and will be divided into separate terms running for a four-month period each until August 2024. Each athlete will be awarded USD650 per month scholarship for preparation of the Summer Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Meanwhile, POA President Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan congratulated and wished all athletes and respective national federations and departments for a very successful training and preparation venture to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games Paris 2024. He appreciated the POA Secretariat for getting this job done well in time.