AMMAN: Members of Pakistan’s team pose with their medals on the final day of the seventh El Hasan International Open Cup Youth Cadet Taekwondo Championship here on Sunday evening.
Pakistan taekwondo team bags two silver, six bronze in Jordan
Young Saad dedicates his bronze medal to martyred soldiers
KARACHI: Pakistan’s talented junior team returned to the country here on Monday after putting up a superb show in the recently held seven EI Hasan lnternational Open Cup Youth Cadet Taekwondo Championship in Jordan to finish with eight medals, including two silver and six bronze.
Young martial arts athletes Naqsh Hamdani and Fatima Zehra took silver medals while Haroon, Danish, Taimoor, Saad, Jibran and Ayesha grabbed bronze medals in the mega event.
Talking to APP upon the team’s arrival from Amman here, Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) president retired Col Waseem Ahmed Janjua lauded the players for putting up an outstanding display of talent in the championship.
“Our youngsters have indeed done the country proud by displaying a handsome performance in the highly competitive Youth Cadet Taekwondo Championship in Jordan,” said Col Waseem.
In the 471<g category final, Pakistan’s Fatima A1 Zehra was defeated by the Egyptian player and won silver medal. In the 61 junior category semi-final, Pakistan’s Saad Asif won bronze.
Taimoor Saeed and Danish won bronze medals in the 53kg weight category. Naqash Hamdani won silver medal for Pakistan in the 53kg weight category while Haroon Khan and Jibran won bronze medals. Pakistan’s Ayesha won bronze medal in the 57kg category semifinal.
Silver medallist Fatima, speaking to mediamen, said she has learned a lot by participating in the international event in Jordan. “I will Inshallah try to win a gold medal in the next event for Pakistan.”
Young bronze medallist Saad Asif, in a fine gesture, said” “I am dedicating my bronze medal to the martyred Army soldiers in Balochistan and Waziristan who gave their lives for the country while fighting with the terrorists.”
He also praised the team’s coaches for the wonderful preparations made for the Jorrdan tournament.
Meanwhile, Federal Sports Minister Fehmida Mirza and President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) retired Lt Gen Arif Hasan have congratulated the young taekwondo team for its wonderful performance in Jordan.
Fehmida, in a message sent to PTF on Tuesday, lauded the efforts of the junior team.
“The brave show put up by our young taekwondo athletes in jor-dan deserves high praise indeed. Their brilliant show in the international championship will be inspirational for other young sportsper-sons who are aspiring to excel in their respective sports and are keen to represent Pakistan in the events abroad,” she said.
Arif endorsed Fehmida’s views. “Every athlete of Pakistan who excels in sports at the national or international events is a role model for the whole nation. I am truly delighted at the junior taekwondo team’s superb effort in Jordan where they have won eight medals,” he said.