Islamabad: UAE based Pakistani players Sinan Ashfaq Ahmed won gold medal at the 7th Fujairah Taekwondo Open Championship held in Fujairah from February 1 to 3.
More than 1200 players from 40 countries participated in the 7th Fujairah Taekwondo Open 2019. The event also saw the participation of a large contingent from Pakistan comprising 21 players. Pakistani team won two gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals. A total of 1257 players from 40 countries participated in the championship which proved to be the biggest ever international Taekwondo event held in the region.
This is Sinan’s second medal at an international championship for Pakistan. He won bronze medal for his country in August 2017 in cadet category when he was just 12 years old. Sinan who is the first Pakistani expatriate to get international medals for his country, says that with the help of Pakistan Taekwondo Federation, he would continue to play at international events to bring honor for his country. “My next big target is World Cadet Championship this year,” he said.
Other Pakistani players who won medals included: Mohammad Danish, gold in youth category; Taimur Saeed, silver medal in youth category; Arafallah Khan, bronze medal and Ayesha Ayaz, bronze medal.
“We are very pleased that our players are performing well at the international level, thanks to the intensive training programmes,” said Colonel (retired) Wasim Ahmed Janjua, president of the Pakistan Taekwondo Federation.
At the Fujairah Open, the UAE players topped the gold medal chart with 35 golds
In Fujairah Open Championship, UAE topped the event by winning 35 golds while Uzbekistan attained second position with seven gold. Third position was obtained by Kazakhstan by bagging in six golds. However, players from the Sharjah Sports Club (part of the UAE contingent) outperformed everyone with 15 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze medals in children, cadet and youth categories.