PJF to send Shah to Spain or Greece ahead of Olympics

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—Pak­istan Judo Fed­er­a­tion (PJF) will send ju­doka Shah Hussain Shah to Spain, Greece or some other coun­try to pre­pare him for a podium fin­ish at the Rio Games, sched­uled to be held in Au­gust.

“So far he is the coun­try’s only ath­lete, who has qual­i­fied for Olympics un­der the con­ti­nen­tal quota. He is a highly tal­ented ju­doka. He may pull a sur­prise at Olympics and bring home a medal,” PJF Pres­i­dent Col (retd) Shu­jat Ali Rana told APP on Wed­nes­day.

Ja­pan-based Shah qual­i­fied for the Rio Olympics un­der­100kg weight cat­e­gory last week un­der the con­ti­nen­tal quota.

Shu­jat said Shah’s im­pres­sive per­for­mance in var­i­ous world qual­i­fiers had en­sured his place at the world’s cov­eted sports event. “He has worked re­ally hard for that dur­ing the past two years. That fi­nally paid him off and he cre­ated a history by be­com­ing the first Pak­istani ju­doka to ever qual­ify for the Olympics.”

“Cur­rently, Shah is un­der­go­ing train­ing at Ja­pan. I’ve called his fa­ther on phone yes­ter­day and told him that Shah can em­u­late his Olympic feats. I told him that we’ve de­cided to send him to Spain, Greece or some other coun­try for fur­ther train­ing ahead of the all-im­por­tan­tevent.”Shah Hussain Shah’s fa­ther Hussain Shah won a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Till to date, he is one of the only two in­di­vid­ual Olympic medal­lists for the coun­try.—APP

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