Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) secretary Mussarat Ali is being realistic as the 2014 Winter Olympics unfold in Sochi, Russia. Pakistanâ€™s only competitor in the Olympiad is 18-year-old Muhammad Karim. Ali said that the biggest achievement for Karim was to book a spot in the Winter Olympics. Karim will take part in the giant slalom event of the alpine skiing competitions, which begin later this week.
â€œOur hopes are with Karim, but we arenâ€™t really competing for medals,â€ Ali told The Express Tribune. â€œWe have to be realistic, but we are hoping that Karim competes well. He should qualify in his event and complete the race.â€
Ali has similar expectations for Karim that he had for Muhammad Abbas in 2010. Abbas was the first Pakistani to compete in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. â€œAbbas ended up performing better than many skiers from ski-developed countries,â€ he said. â€œEven though this time the competition is tough, we want Karim to complete the spirit finish course and not fall down.â€