Pak judokas off to Abu Dhabi for Judo Grand Slam


ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): A four-member Pakistan outfit left here for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Thursday to feature in the Judo Grand Slam Tournament, scheduled to be held from October 28 to 30.
The judokas to represent Pakistan in the event include Wajahat Sarwat
(-100kg), Qaiser Khan (-81kg), Nadeem Akram (-73kg) and Amina (57kg), Secretary Pakistan Judo Federation Mansoor Ahmed told APP.
The training camp for the three-day event was held a Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam follows editions in Paris (FRA), Baku (AZE) and Tyumen (RUS) and will have an interesting field of judoka in a post-Olympic climate.
Mansoor believed that the event would not only be a test of Pakistan’s promising judokas but would also help them improve their rankings.
“Although there would be over 120 judokas participating in the event,
our judokas have a perfect chance to finish at the top as world’s top judokas are on rest after Rio Olympics,” he remarked.
He expressed the gratitude to Pakistan Sports Board for helping the
federation to hold camp for the event.
“We’ve also requested the board to arrange a long-term camp for the future two to three events,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan’s Japan-based judoka Shah Hussain Shah, who fights in -100kg category is not featuring in the event, though the federation has been trying to convince him to become part of the judo squad.
“We’d talked to him and told him that he has golden chance to improve his world ranking by finishing at the top in the event but he said he was taking rest after the Olympics,” Mansoor added.
Shah was the only athlete from Pakistan, who sealed a spot at Rio Olympics under the continental.
However, he remained unable to claim any medal in the world’s coveted
multi-sports event. Pakistani swimmers, shooters and runners, who had been given wild card entry for the event also performed poorly.