Challenge for India as Pakistani wrestler Inam Butt set to participate in SAF Games

By   - 28/11/2019

Indian wrestling team is set to take part in the South Asian Federation (SAF) games in Nepal and will also be favourite to make a clean sweep of the medals. Their biggest challenge will come from Pakistan’s most celebrated wrestler Inam Butt.

2018 Commonwealth games champion Butt has announced that he will participate in the SAF games and is ready to defend his title. In the last SAF Games in 2016 the biggest wrestling name from Pakistan won the title by tackling India’s Gopal Yadav. In an interview to Pakistan’s leading news channel, Butt revealed that Pakistan would be competing in seven weight categories and has hopes to win a medal in each category.

“Pakistan is participating in seven weight categories and we hope to get medal in all seven, I am hopeful that we will win minimum 5-6 medals,” he said.

The 30-year-old recently won gold medal at World Beach Games in Doha and has bagged medals at the Commonwealth as well as the Asian Beach Games.

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Butt also spoke about difficulties the Pakistan wrestling is facing vis a vis sport’s popularity in India. He also lamented that preparations for the games have not been up to speed as training camps were not made available.

“We do not have a proper training camp and we face difficulty in preparing for the games whereas, our opponents from India and across Asia have been training with the intention of competing in the Olympics” he said.

Inam, who won gold in the World beach games in Doha earlier this year, admitted that the setback brought his spirits down but despite that, the wrestler was aiming to lift the title.

“We make the most of what we have and we know that we cannot quit so we find a way around it. At the end of the day, our aim is to lift the nation’s name which is why we continue to push despite our obvious drawbacks,” he said.

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