Taekwondo, Kabir wala
Pakistan Taekwondo squad after performing outstandingly in Jordan Tokyo Olympic qualification championship returned to Karachi.
Quetta-born seasoned taekwondo fighter, Haroon Khan narrowly missed the Olympics seat after losing in the -58kg semi-final against Asia’s No.1 Ramnarong SawekWiharee of Thailand was quite tough.
“Of course feeling unfortunate for not qualifying for the Olympics, but COVID-19 had a significant effect on our training for such a mega event,” regretted Haroon.
England-based Aneela who trained with the British team in Manchester, got bye in the first round and overpowered Tajikistan’s fighter in the second round before falling to a Vietnamese Olympian fighter.
Another promising taekwondo star, Taimoor Saeed lost to Iran’s Amiri Ali Akbar 3-10 in the 87 kg quarterfinals. Cambodia’s Tubbs Casandre Nicole defeated Zoya Sabir of Pakistan 39-1 in the -57 kg category.
“We were expected to train for three months, which was called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak and damaged our physical fitness,” said Taimoor .