Judo squad leaves for Iran on March 7
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
By Alam Zeb Safi
KARACHI: Pakistan judo squad will leave for Iran on March 7 to feature in the Eighth Azad Islamic University Judo tournament and to undergo a month long training in Tehran in connection with the preparations for the First Asian Martial Arts Games to be held in Bangkok from April 25 to May 3.
The Secretary of the Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) Masood Ahmad told 'The News' on Saturday that a 14-member squad, including eight men and six women, is scheduled to leave for Tehran on March 7 but only the eight-member male team will feature in the Azad Islamic University Judo tournament to be held from March 9 to 10 while the females are being taken only to receive training for the Asian Martial Arts Games to be staged in Bangkok.
Masood said that the Pakistan Sports Trust (PST) and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) are jointly assisting the PJF to make arrangement for the all important trip. He said after a month long training in Tehran, the PJF plans to arrange a tour to Azerbaijan so that the players could get fifteen days more training before the start of the Asian Martial Arts Games in Bangkok.
However, this would be finalised within the next three days, he said. If the tour to Azerbaijan could not be made then the competition on home and away basis would be arranged for the judokas in Pakistan before participating in the Bangkok Asian Martial Arts Games.
He also disclosed that Zafar Iqbal, Karamat Butt, Muhammad Miraj, Naveed Akbar, Maryam Jabbar, Humaira Aashiq, Beensih Khan and Fauzia have already been finalized for the Asian Martial Arts Games. The men squad is currently receiving training in Peshawar while the female lot is in the camp in Islamabad.
Squad: Zafar Iqbal (60kg), Rana Adnan Ali (56kg), Karamat Butt (73kg), Imtiaz Hussain (66kg), Muhammad Miraj (90kg), Tanveer Dar (81kg), Naveed Akbar (100kg), Yasir Khan (open category), Maryam Jabbar, (48kg), Humaira Aashiq (58kg), Beensih Khan (63kg), Fauzia (70kg), Nadia Bhatti, Ansa Bano. Muhammad Ali (men's coach), Shehzadi Eram (women's coach).
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