The opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games took place on Friday evening in the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro where thousands of athletes from around the world were gathered. Against the views of critics, organizers did marvelous job in the opening ceremony where around 80 thousand spectators witnessed the colorful event. 10,400 Athletes from 200 countries are participating in the global event to compete in the sporting extravaganza.
Rio Games have been gripped with some early controversies like poor facilities for athletes in the Olympic village and threat of the outbreak of the Zika virus. Just days before the inauguration, scandal emerged that some of Russian athletes allegedly used illegal performance-enhancing substances. We hope all these issues would be resolved and best athletes in the world would make Olympics 2016 huge success by showing their skills.
Participation of Pakistan in the world’s prestigious sports event is very limited; therefore Games could not draw much interest in the Pakistani public. The fact sums up sorry state of affairs of sports in Pakistan that country has sent smallest-ever contingent, based on only seven athletes, to the mega event.
Pakistan is not only sixth most populous country of the world but also have rich sporting history. Particularly during glory days of Pakistan hockey it was impossible to imagine that several times champion would not be able to qualify for Olympics one day. The failure of the hockey team to secure a berth at the Games for the first time is highly disappointing. It was indeed a sorry sight to see only seven athletes representing a country with over 200 million at the world’s biggest sporting event.
Sending only seven athletes in Rio Games accentuates sorry tale of sports affairs in country.