Pak lifters threaten pullout but stopped

Pakistan's weightlifters threatened to pull out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games after a showdown with their contingent leader over carrying the national flag at last night's opening ceremony but trouble was averted when officials sorted out the "misunderstanding".

Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Shujauddin Malik was originally supposed to carry the national flag at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium but Pakistan contingent head Muhammad Ali Shah ultimately carried it after a last-minute change of plans.

Weightlifting coach Sheikh Rashid said his wards felt slighted and did not wish to compete in the event.

"...my players will not feature in events and will come back unless Mr Shah apologises to the contingent," Rashid was quoted as saying by 'The Dawn'.

But Pakistan's chef de mission Mohammad Ali Shah said the matter has been sorted out.

"There was a strong rumour to create trouble in the team.

The reports were just rumours. There was a misunderstanding which has been sorted out after a meeting this morning. The matter is closed and all lifters are training now," he said.

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