Pakistani judokas return triumphant from SAG with dozen medals

ISLAMABAD: A 12-member Pakistan judo squad who won 12 medals, including two golds, in male and female events of the recently-concluded South Asian Games in India, returned home to a warm welcome in the early hours of Friday.

Pakistan Judokas’Iranian coach Sajjad Kazemi said on arrival that judging from the intense training he imparted to his charges, he expected them to have fared even better at Guwahati (India). Yet he was pleased “they remained better as compared to others”.

Pakistan Judo Team participated in the Games with 12 Athletes consisting of six male and as many as female judokas. Fouzia Yasir (-78Kg) and Shah Hussain Shah (-100Kg) bagged a gold medal each while Humaira Ashiq and Beenish Khan grabbed a silver medal each.

Collecting the bronze medals were Iran shehzadi, Shumaila Gull and Ambreen Masih along with male judokas Mudassir Ali, Babar Hussain, Imtiaz Hussain, Qaisar Khan and Afzal Bashir. The team was received by officials of Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) and other associations.

PJF Secretary said the federation is thankful to the IPC Ministry, Pakistan Olympic Association and PSB for their cooperation and support for the Games. PJF President Col. Rana Shujaat Ali said the federation would support all best Judokas of Pakistan.