Shah Hussain to leave for Brazil on Tuesday

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 (APP): Pakistani Judoka Shah Hussain will be flying to Brazil from Japan on Tuesday to participate in the 2016 Olympics scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro 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, Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) Secretary
Masood Ahmed 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 do well in the Olympics,” he said.

He said with the government’s support the future of judo is
very bright in the country and at international level. “There are a lot of talented young judokas coming up in the country. We just need the government’s support to polish these judokas,” he said.