Judoka Shah Hussain flexing muscles in Japan for Olympics

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ISLAMABAD, July 14 (APP): Pakistani Judoka Shah Hussain Shah is undergoing tough training in Japan to prepare for the 2016 Olympics scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21.

Shah Hussain is the son of the medal winning pugilist Hussain Shah and is the only athlete who sealed a place at the coveted multi-sports event under continental quota.

Talking to APP, a Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) official said Shah’s performance had been outstanding in his recent outings in Olympic qualifiers.

“Shah Hussain (under-100kg) weight category has created history as he is the first Pakistani judoka to ever qualify for the Olympics,” he said.

He said in Rio, Shah Hussain will be looking to emulate his father, Hussain Shah’s feats at the 1988 Olympics, who won bronze in boxing during the Seoul Games and is one of only two individual Olympic medalists for the country.

Shah, also won a gold in South Asian Games held in Shillong, India in February this year.

“Shah is country’s only hope. We are positive that Shah Hussain would clinch a medal in the Olympics,” he said.

“We will try our best to provide him all necessary facilities to help him make a podium finish. That would be a great accomplishment,” he said.