Swimmer Haseeb Tariq has joined the list of Pakistani athletes who have made early exit from Tokyo Olympics.

Haseeb was contesting heats for men’s 100m freestyle swimming. He finished with an individual timing of 53.81 seconds and finished sixth among eight swimmers, while his overall position in the heats was 62nd out of 70.

He could not improve his own personal best as he had aimed before the Games.

He was 6.10 seconds behind the top ranked swimmer in the 100m freestyle heat while 5.37 seconds behind the last swimmer in the heat.

Pakistan will next be in action at the Olympics on Thursday when Judoka Shah Hussain Shah will take on Egypt’s Ramadan Darwaish in men’s 100kg round-of-32 bout.

SUDANESE REFUSES TO PLAY ISRAELI: Another judoka dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics after failing to show up to face his peer from Israel, Tohar Butbul, in their round 32 match, the Independent reported on Tuesday.

International Judo Foundation (IJF) did not state a reason behind the failure of Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool to show up at the match despite him weighing in the 73-kilogram division bout on Monday, the publication said.

The Sudanese officials designated for the Olympics did not comment after the incident either.

Earlier on Saturday, Algeria’s Fethi Nourine was sent back from Tokyo Games after being dismissed by the IJF for avoiding contesting opposite Butbul.

“We worked a lot to reach the Olympics, but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all of this,” said Nourine.

It was not the first time when Nourine left the game as he did the same earlier in World Judo Championships back in 2019 before facing Butbul.

“Abdalrasool is the world’s 469th-ranked judoka in his weight class, while the accomplished Butbul is seventh,” the publication added.


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