The potential in Pakistan in swimming has largely remained untapped because of the low priority accorded to the game in the past but now we are making a concerted effort to popularize the game in the country and produce players with international standing said the Federal Secretary Sports Mr. Aziz Ahmed Bilour who was the chief guest on the last day of the swimming competition of 31st National Games at the Sports Complex Islamabad. Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, Director General, Pakistan Sports Board was also present at the event.
Mr. Bilour said that the greatest hindrance in our rise to the top level in swimming has been the small base of the game which makes it very difficult to find quality players who can make a mark at the international level. This problem is being adequately addressed to now and regular school level swimming competitions are being held under the auspices of Pakistan Swimming Federation.
In addition to this, every year, four national championships are organized in which men, women and children as young as 8 years old participate. These competitions have become a regular feature of the swimming calendar since the last 3 years. This will greatly help in broadening the swimming base in the country and bring it at par in popularity with the other popular games in Pakistan.
He further said that there are no less than 38 medals at stake in swimming at the international competitions and by concentrating on just one game Pakistan can greatly improve its medal tally. He said that our improvement in swimming is steady but sure and we have won 74 medals in international swimming competitions in the last 4 years.