Athletic events represent sport at its purest and are often the centerpiece of major international sporting games where Pakistan has never won any athletic medal in Olympic Games as well as national athletes did not have opportunity to participate in World Athletic Cup competition due to poor standard.
If we see on the other hand Pakistan has been a force to be reckoned with in the Asian Games and South Asian Games. Many Pakistani athletes won medals and even held records for many years in these prestigious competitions.
Without making systematic progress in athletics especially in the field of coaching, Pakistan cannot hope to find rightful place among the comity of sporting nations of the world.
Pakistan produced very good athletes, who-dominated the Asian athletic scene for a number of years. Some of them created the Asian Games records which were broken after a lot of effort by the other Asian athletes. The one time ‘Fastest man of Asia’ Abdul Khaliq belonged to Pakistan. He was seldom beaten in the one hundred and two hundred meters sprints in the Asian Games-athletic events. His record stood for quite some time.
Under the leadership of newly elected President of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Major Gen. (R) Akram Sahi, Athletics Federation of Pakistan taking positive measures to not only improve the standard of game but also develop the skill of Pakistani coaches.
After long ten years with the efforts of Gen. Akram Sahi, International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) allocated Pakistan to conduct IAAF CECS Level-I Coaches Course to improve the coaches’ skills in Pakistan.
Under the umbrella of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) with the collaboration of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Twenty Four coaches qualified for IAAF CECS Level-I coaches course which concluded at Sports Complex Islamabad in wonderful manner.
The 10 days long coaches’ course conducted by International Association of Athletics Federation nominated Instructor and director course Level-I Nasrullah Rana assisted by another Pakistani instructor Rafique Ahmad educate and develops the coaches’ skills on the current scenario in athletics.
Muhammad Shah from Higher Education Commission (HEC) chinches top position in the course, Muhammad Tahseen (PAF) got second while Major Masood Haider (Army) and Muhammad Aslam (Sindh) secure the third position. Other successful coaches are Sadaf Siddiqui Olympian, Muhammad Irfan, Yasir Maqbool, Farhan Bashir, Muhammad Jamal Khan, Muhammad Amin, Ahsan Ali, Abdul Sattar, Khurshid Akhtar, Tanveer Hussain, Abdul Majeed, Bashir Ahmad, Samiullah Marwat, Gohar Raza Zaidi, Talha Iftikhar, Rana Sagheer, Tariq Nazir Sahi, Mansoor Ahmad and Waseem Khan.
President Athletics Federation of Pakistan’s (AFP) Major. Gen. (R) Akram Sahi was the chief guest of concluding ceremony who distributed certificates to successful participants while acting Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, Secretary Athletics Federation of Pakistan Muhammad Zafar and others were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Major Gen. (R) Akram Sahi said that AFP taking positive steps for promoting the game of athletics and near future we will again organize IAAF CECS Level-I coaches course for the education of coaches.
Nasrullah Rana said that this is great honor for me that my 16 students (coaches) have qualified for the IAAF CECS level-II course. He said these coaches would be sent to Indonesia for completing CECS level-II adding that he elated with the overall enthusiasm and performance of the potential coaches who participated in the IAAF level-I course.
Major Masood Haider from Pakistan Army, one of a top participant in the course said that 10 days long coaches’ course was very intense and will provide platform to participants to groom the ace athletes on the right way.
Masood, who done many international courses as well hoping that under the leadership of Major Gen. (R ) Akram Sahi, the AFP will conduct more courses to develop the coaches skills in the country.
The IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) based Recognizing that the resources and effort involved in developing an education program may be beyond capabilities on a national level, the IAAF operates a Coaches Education and Certification System which is available as a service to Member Federations which would like to make use of it.
As from March 2007, the CECS features five levels of courses operating in seven languages, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese. For each course level the IAAF provides a standard syllabus, qualified lecturers and the necessary learning support materials. Financial resources for the system come from the IAAF and its Area associations, Olympic Solidarity and other partners on the international and national levels, as well as self-funded options at the higher levels.
There is the opportunity to emphasize and develop the educational aspects of Kids’ Athletics and youth Athletics. The Level-I will produce qualified Youth Coaches who will not only be able to train and prepare young children for Kids’ Athletics competitions (7-12y old) but also provide the ‘bridge’ to ‘real’ athletics.
By Afzal Javed, WEEKLY PULSE MAGAZINE, March 24, 2014