PJF to send Shah to Spain or Greece ahead of Olympics
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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