LAHORE, Nov 21 (APP)- Pakistan Judo Federation has chalked out a
comprehensive training programme in collaboration with Pakistan Sports Board to prepare judokas for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We have finalized the programme based on long and short terms measures keeping an eye on the available talent in the country”, said a spokesman of PJF while talking to APP here on Monday.
He said the plan revolves 20 top of the line senior and junior judo p
Players who would be taken into consideration for representing the country in international events as part of judokas training .
He said in senior category as many as a dozen of male and female judokas have been shortlisted, four in junior and four in cadet U17 category.
The senior category players areShah Hussain Shah, Wajahat Sarwar, Yasir Hussain, Aqib Manzoor, Babar Hussain , Syed Samiullah, Fouzia Mumtaz, Humira Ashiq, Iran Shahzadi, Shumaila Gull, Beenish khan and Maryam.
The junior players included Iftikhar Ahmad , Muhammad Shoaib, Nadeem Akram and Arsalan Khokar.
Cadet U17 players are Qaisar Khan, Amina Toyod, Maryam Rafique and Atiqa Javed.
Focusing on these 20 Athletes, they will be divided into two tenures. In first tenure which is pre qualifying period, max possible exposure of competitions to be given to these athletes. After completion of 2 years, top judokas will be selected to be sent to Qualifying round, he said.
“In next tenure which is Qualifying round 3-4 players (male and female) will be deputed for maximum number of qualifying championships to achieve the goal”, he added.
He said PJF wishes to provide 1 to 3 months training to the Young
National Champions, in Japan/ Iran/ Central Asia for advance training, every year till 2020.
It is pertinent to mention that Shah Hussain Shah, Wajahat Sarwar and Amina Toyoda are already getting Training in Japan at their own resources.
“Qualification rounds will commence two years before 2020 Olympics as
per the rules and policy of International Judo Federation. 100 percent points counting events including World Senior, World Junior Judo Champinship, Grand Slam, Grand Prix, Asian Judo Championships will be main focus of the PJF to qualify for quadrennial extravaganza event with more than one Athlete”, he asserted.
To provide International Exposure to Qaisar khan, PJF has selected him
alongwith Senior Judokas to participate in all the Championships of World Senior and Junior, Grand Slam, Grand Prix and Asian Championships until 2018, as well as Amina Toyoda will participate in all events of Cadets (Youth).