Pak judo team returns from India with 12 medals

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Lahore—Pakistan Judo Team Friday returned from India after winning altogether a dozen of medals in the 12th South Asian Games.
The team comprising six male and similar number of female judokas won 2 gold,2 silver and as many as 8 bronze medals and put up good show in the Games, said a spokesman of Pakistan Judo Federation here.
The medals winners are, Fouzia Yasir, in -78Kg weight category (gold), Shah Hussain Shah,-100Kg (gold), Humaira Ashiq (silver) and Beenish Khan (silver). Iran Shehzadi (bronze), Shumaila Gull (bronze), Ambreen Masih (bronze) Mudassir Ali (bronze), Babar Hussain (bronze), Imtiaz Hussain (bronze), Qaisar Khan(bronze) and Afzal Bashir (bronze) bronze.
Officials of PJF along with officials of Islamabad Judo Association received the team at Islamabad airport, he said.
“Judo was last event of the 12th SAG, the competition of Judo in -100Kg weight Category held at last in which our Judoka Shah Hussain Shah got Gold Medal, resultantly the last Gold Medal of the Games was awarded to Hussain and the Games were concluded by playing the national anthem of Pakistan at the medla awarding ceremony”, he asserted.
Sajjad Kazemi, Pakistan’s foreign Judo Coach (hired by Ministry of IPC) praised the performance of the Pak martial art players and said they put up a fine display of skills and technique and won good number of medals.
“I was expecting more medals because I trained the judokas on modern lines at the training camp for the Games but the team did not exhibit a far superior show but its performance was satisfactory compared to other teams “,he added.
President ,PJF, Col. Rana Shujaat Ali, has also congratulated the team on its medal winning performance said that participation of home martial art experts has added to their confidence and experience.
Secretary, PJF Masood Ahmad said that they are thankful to Ministry of IPC, Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Sports Board for their Cooperation and Support for ensuring the participation of Pak team in the Games, helping it to win medals.—APP