ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s pride wrestler Inam Butt has said that after earning laurels for Pakistan many times, he is now eager to represent the country in Olympics.

Inam managed to successfully defend his world beach wrestling title and won gold medal, landed at Islamabad International Airport in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Talking to The Nation, Inam said: “I have ambitions of representing Pakistan in Olympics and for this purpose, I need international competitions and training abroad under top class coaches.

“I have proved not twice that I have guts and material to excel at the top. I want to tell my critics, who were blaming me for skipping Asian Games that I was injured and I didn’t skip the event because of any fear. If I didn’t have the champion attitude, how could I manage to retain the highly prestigious tile,” he asserted.

He said now he needs to focus on next big target and hoped that not only IPC Minister and PSB but also Prime Minister Imran Khan will look into my case and announce cash incentives for me and my coach, as without coach, I won’t be able to repeat that feat. The main reason behind other athletes don’t live up to the occasion is sheer negligence on part of the government. The athletes get disheartened, when their contributions are not recognised at government level.”

Inam said that he has around 120 young wrestlers, who are getting training under him and his father. “If government provides us a piece of land, where a wrestling academy may be constructed at my home town Gujranwala, I will pass on my knowledge to the generation next. It will, in fact, help the country in getting more Inams, who will earn glories for the country at international level.”

He said that he had long dream of winning international titles for Pakistan and it could only be materialised, if the government, POA and IPC lend helping hand to him, or else all his efforts and dream will die.

Sharing his views, Inam’s father Lala Safdar Butt said: “My son has won world title for Pakistan, but I am disappointed that no one form the government bother to make sure their presence at airport to accord warm welcome to national hero. Such attitude not only breaks the heart of the athletes but also reduces their chances of performing at the top.”

Meanwhile at the airport, Inam was expecting rousing welcome by top government officials, but to his utter disappointment, none of the government circles bothered to take some time off to show respect to the proud son of the soil.

Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza just sent congratulatory message to Inam while PSF DDG Technical and Training M Azam Dar, who is also director national federations, also didn’t bother to ensure his presence at the airport. Only a few sports journalists and RISJA secretary Shakir Abbasi and Rawalpindi chapter president Dr Zahid Awan were present at the occasion to welcome the hero.

Inam was accompanied by his father Lala Safdar Butt, who is also his coach. Youth Education Society president Zahid Awan and secretary Naeem Bhatti welcomed Inam, who is also brand ambassador of Youth Education Society (YES).  “Nobody bothered to even ask me whether I need some help or not for the perpetrations of the World Championship, nor any camp was established while providing any facility was far cry,” Inam said and added: “I utilised my own resources and went through intensive training for last three months to clinch the gold medal in the international event. Now I am keen to win more glories for the country at international level.”