The Pakistani wrestling team returned home today, after winning gold and bronze medal Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Inam Butt gave Pakistan their lone gold medal of the tournament in the wrestling event at the games while Tayyab Raza and Mohammad Bilal won bronze for Pakistan. Butt had completely outclassed his outclassed his opponent Melvin Bibo of Nigeria in the final of 86 kg weight category. A two-time gold medalist, Butt had before that won a gold medal at the Delhi common wealth Games in 2010.
Speaking to media he said that if more attention was paid to sports like weightlifting, it wouldn’t be too long before Pakistan would be winning a gold at the Olympics. He also appealed to the government and the private sector to work on the sport’s encouragement and demanded that a proper school be set up to encourage wrestling.
According to Butt, wrestling and weightlifting are two of the most popular sports in Pakistan at the moment and should be given importance also. Comparing himself to his Indian partners, he said that the Indian wrestlers trained for six months in the United States and that they have already started preparing for the next games.
Pakistan won five medals at the Gold Coast Games, winning four bronze and one gold medal.