Coach says it would be "foolish"to expect medals from Pak athletes at London Olympics

Karachi:Pakistani athletes have no chance of doing wonders at the Olympics, said Olympian and former 200m sprinter Maqsood Ahmed.

"We all need to be realistic, and it would be foolish to expect wonders from our athletes in the Olympics,"

However, he said, that a good show at London could boost their chances of bagging a gold in the upcoming SAF Games.

Liaquat Ali (100m) and Rabiya Ashiq (800m) will represent Pakistan at the London Olympics.

Maqsood, who is Liaquat``s coach, said the sprinter put in a lot of effort during training without being overwhelmed by the occasion.

"Liaquat had held onto his nerves because the Olympics is the biggest stage of them all," he said.

"In order to give his best, Liaquat should remain focused on the task at hand. The atmosphere in an Olympic stadium can leave an athlete overwhelmed, which is why I held counselling sessions with him which helped overcome the pressure," he added.

Maqsood said if Liaquat goes onto break the national record of 10.40 seconds in London that will be no less than a gold for him.