Pak Karate team leaves for Japan
A five member Pakistan Karate squad left here on Thursday for Japan to take part in 17th Asian Cadet, Junior & U-21 Karate Championship being held from May 11-13 at Budokan Okinawa.
The party comprises four players, two male and two female, and a coach , said Andleeb Sandhu, Secretary, Pakistan Karate Federation while talking to APP.
The team comprises top notch youthful karate players of the country and it was selected on merit based on the performance of the players in the national events,she said.
PKF official, while commenting on the formation of the team,said Shahbaz Khan (Gold Medalist of South Asian Karate Championship) will compete in Junior-68 Kg category. Saweel Fayyaz (South Asian Silver Medalist) will participate in U-21 -75 Kg categories. Sadia Sharif will fight in U-21 -55 Kg and Ayesha Ibrahim will participate in U-21 -61 Kg category.Shah Muhammad Shan will be the coach of the team. She said PKF is striving hard for the cause of the game by organizing karate events at national level on regular basis,besides ensuring the participation of its teams in international events abroad.
PKF has chalked out a comprehensive program for the promotion of karate at grassroots level for the players and arranging coaching courses and referee courses. We feel pleasure to announce that Naseem Qureshi,Chief Referee,PKF,has been nominated as referee by the Asian Karate Federation for 18th Asian Games 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia.This is first time that any Pakistani referee is selected by Asian Body for the Asian Games,she asserted. (APP)
Source: Radio Pakistan