KARACHI – Pakistani athletes have once again demonstrated their remarkable skills and dedication by winning a Silver medal at the 7th Asian Ju-Jitsu Championship 2023 held from February 25 -28, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand under the aegis of Ju-Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU). Despite facing financial constraints, Pakistani athletes Isra Waseem, Kainat Arif, and Dilawer Khan Sannan have made their country proud by competing against 581 entries from 30 countries and showcasing their talents.
The Pakistan Ju-Jitsu Federation (PJJF) General Secretary Tariq Ali expressed his delight at the achievement of the Pakistani athletes, praising their hard work and dedicated training that led to their success. He also acknowledged the contribution of PJJF coaches who helped enhance the athletes’ skills, ensuring that they were able to compete against some of the best teams in Asia.
Furthermore, PJJF was also awarded for being the third-best national federation in the duo category in Asia, a testament to the hard work and commitment of the federation and its athletes.
The sports fraternity has called for greater support and recognition for Pakistani athletes who continue to bring medals and laurels to the nation despite a lack of facilities and financial resources. With adequate support and infrastructure, Pakistani athletes have the potential to achieve even greater success on the international stage and take Pakistan to the top position on the medal stand.
The PJJF expressed its gratitude to the Pakistan Sports Board for providing a national training camp for the athletes in Karachi, which proved to be immensely helpful in their preparation for this mega event. Despite being outnumbered by teams from India, Kazakhstan, and Thailand, Pakistani athletes have once again shown their mettle and resilience, and the entire nation is proud of their achievements.