Pakistan’s Taekwondo champions dedicate their medals to martyred soldiers


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.


After putting up a splendid show in the very recently held seven El Hasan International Open Cup Youth Cadet Taekwondo Championship in Jordan, Pakistan’s immensely talented junior team has landed back in the country.

The team won eight medals, which included two silver and six bronze medals, in the recently held cup in Jordan. The young martial arts athletes Naqsh Hamdani and Fatima Zehra won silver medals, meanwhile, Haroon, Danish, Saad, Jibran, Ayesha and Taimoor won bronze medals in the exclusive event.

While talking to APP about the team’s arrival from Amman, PTF (Pakistan Taekwondo Federation) president retd. Col Waseem Ahmed Janjua applauded the players for a great 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,” – the president stated.

Fatima A1 Zehra was defeated by Egyptian player and won the silver medal in the 471<g category final. While in the 61 junior category semifinal, Saad Asif from Pakistan won the bronze. Taimoor Saeed and Danish both won bronze in the 53kg weight category. Naqsh Hamdani won the silver medal in the same category while Haroon Khan and Jibran won the bronze medal. Ayesha won bronze in the 57kg semifinal.

While speaking to media, Silver medal winner Fatima stated that she learned so much by participating in this international event in Jordan.

“I will Inshallah try to win a gold medal in the next event for Pakistan.” – she 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.” – Saad Asif stated.

Saad also lauded the team’s coach preparing them for this tournament.

Federal Sports Minister Fehmida Mirza and President Olympic Association (POA) retd. Lt Gen Arif Hadan congratulated the players.

“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 sportspersons who are aspiring to excel in their respective sports and are keen to represent Pakistan in the events abroad,” Fehmids said in a message to PTF

“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,” – Arif said endorsing Fehmida’s views.

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