LAHORE, Apr 19 (APP):President Pakistan Judo Federation Col Junaid Alam has been elected as Vice President of South Asian Judo Association at the general council meeting of SAJA, held at Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
Apart from the meeting of SAJA, the general council meeting of Judo Union of Asia was also held, said a spokesman for the PJF here on Friday.
During the JUA congress held on April 18, Junaid was also elected to be part of 3-member Scrutiny and Election Commission for JUA elections.
“The election was conducted smoothly in a congenial atmosphere and he was appreciated by the participants including President JUA as well as IJF observer,” he said.
Masood Ahmed, Vice President PJF, was elected as Director Education and Coaching commission of South Asia and also the member of Education and coaching Commission of Asia for next four years term.
The spokesman said this is in fact the recognition of the hard work and dedication put in by the key personal of Pakistan Judo and depicts the level of trust which they enjoy at international level.
“PJF wishes the newly elected members to the best of luck in contributing positively to the upkeep of name of country at international Arenas,” he said.
Because of the ongoing financial crunch, caused by non-issuance of annual grant by the government, a two-member team is participating in Asian and Pacific Judo championships. Olympian Shah Hussain Shah, South Asian triple gold medalist, Commonwealth Games, silver and Asian bronze medalist will fight for 100kg title on Apr 21. “A young emerging Judoka Amina Toyoda, Asian Cadet Semi Finalist will try her luck in -57 weight category on Apr 20,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention that Shah who had qualified for Rio Olympics, is again striving to achieve the place in Tokyo 2020 for which this championship is very important.