2 Pak­ista­nis to com­pete


Pak­istan will field two ath­letes at the World Judo Cham­pi­onship sched­uled to be held from Au­gust 24 un­til 29 in As­tana Kaza­khstan.

Sec­re­tary Pak­istan Judo Fed­er­a­tion (PJF) Ma­sood Ahmed con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that Shah Hus­sain Shah and Wa­ja­hat Sar­war would rep­re­sent the coun­try in the event.

Ini­tially we planned to send four males and as many fe­male ath­letes to par­tic­i­pate in the cham­pi­onship but due to scarcity of funds we have de­cided to send only two ath­letes now, he told APP. He said that both ath­letes were Pak­istan's best ju­dokas at present and were un­der­go­ing a tough train­ing at Judo Academy in Tokyo Ja­pan.

"Ev­ery­one is train­ing re­ally hard for the cham­pi­onship. We have also ar­ranged the best pos­si­ble train­ing for our ath­letes." Ahmed said both Sar­war and Shah would di­rectly leave from Ja­pan for Kaza­khstan on Au­gust 23 to fea­ture in the event. "The World Cham­pi­onship is one of the high­est lev­els an ath­lete can per­form at in judo. It will also be a big op­por­tu­nity for our ath­letes to earn a spot in Rio Olympics next year," he added.

Ahmed was more op­ti­mistic about Shah's chances to qual­ify for Rio say­ing that the ath­lete cur­rently ranked 62 out of the to­tal 295 in the world and if he man­aged to win his first two con­tests he would qual­ify for Rio.

Just two months be­fore Shah was at 44th num­ber but he lost his rank­ing points as he re­mained un­able to par­tic­i­pate in three re­cent in­ter­na­tional events due to his univer­sity com­mit­ments in Tokyo where he re­cently won All Univer­si­ties Cham­pi­onship.

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