Hussain, Razzaq to represent national team

Judokas to leave on August 22 for world championships in Brazil.


Our Correspondent August 11, 2013
Hussain, who trains in Japan, for the 100-kilogramme event. He finished fifth in the World Judo Grand Prix last year. Meanwhile, local athlete Razzaq, an Army representative, will compete in the +100kg category. PHOTO: FILE.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) will field Shah Hussain and Mohammad Razzaq at the International Judo federation World Championships 2013 that will be held in Brazil this month.

According to PJF officials, the federation will send 20-year-old Hussain, who trains in Japan, for the 100-kilogramme event. He finished fifth in the World Judo Grand Prix last year. Meanwhile, local athlete Razzaq, an Army representative, will compete in the +100kg category.

The two athletes will be accompanied by an official and the squad will fly for Brazil on August 22, with the event scheduled to continue till September 2. Pakistan athletes will be competing in Brazil for the first time.

“We have high hopes from our judokas, but at the same time we know it’s going to be very tough,” a PJF official told The Express Tribune. “Hussain did well at the international event last year and his training in Tokyo is a plus. His international rankings will help the PJF to get an Olympic participation in the future.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2013.

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