Pakistan’s five-member successful contingent returned to Islamabad from Malaysia after featuring in International Taekwondo Invitational Championship.
Pakistan bagged one gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in the campaign.
Waqar Ahmed competed in -80kg category where he claimed the gold medal, he talked to Express Tribune and expressed his excitement saying, “It was an amazing experience, also because this was the first time I competed at an international event.”
“I’m just excited. I must thank the Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) and the coaches who really believed in us and sent us to Malaysia. Hopefully I will win many more medals for Pakistan in the future,” he added.
On the other hand, Taimoor Sadiq featured the +87kg weight category and won the silver medal in the competition.
“It was a learning experience as I competed in the heavyweight category. I’m happy that I managed to win an accolade for Pakistan; very few people in my home town in Azad Jammu and Kashmir pick taekwondo as a sport,” told Taimoor to Express Tribune.
Wasiuddin also brought glory to Pakistan in shape of bronze medal in the -68kg category. Whereas, Hannah Khan, the female athlete of Pakistan, also made the country proud with her silver medal in -73kg women’s competition.
Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) President Lt Colonel Waseem Ahmed stated that competing in such events will help Pakistan to prepare better for the Islamic Solidarity Games, which is scheduled next year.
He also urged Pakistan Sports Board and Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination to encourage the athletes that are bringing glory to the country.