Shah Suffers Second Round Exit At Asia-Oceania C'ship
Zeeshan Mehtab 9 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 06:51 PM
Pakistan's -100kg judoka Shah Hussain Shah suffered defeat in his second round fight of Asia-Oceania Senior Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Thursday
ISLAMABAD, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Pakistan's -100kg judoka Shah Hussain Shah suffered defeat in his second round fight of Asia-Oceania Senior Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Thursday.
After beating Tevita Takayawa of Fiji in his first contest of the event, the 50th Olympic ranked Shah went down fighting to 44th ranked Chinese athlete, Erihemubatu, according to the information made available here by Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF).
But despite losing the fight Shah has been successful in holding his Olympic spot, according to President PJF Col. Junaid Alam.
"Unfortunately, he caught the virus in the prime time of Olympic qualifying period. It was only on March 29 that he tested negative for the virus. And it was on that very day [March 29] that he flew to Turkey to participate in Antalya Grand Slam as well as Asian Oceania Championship in Bishkek.
"But as he was out of proper training and still passing through the recovery phase, he could not keep the required pace and finished seventh in Asia-Oceania championship," he added.
According to Junaid Shah had also missed two grand slams - one due to Covid-19 and the other due to the location i.e. Tel Aviv where he could not participate due to obvious reasons.
"But he needs to work really hard for these two events. Keeping in view the circumstances through which he has gone recently, he has done a wonderful job to stay in the Olympic race and maintain his current ranking," he added.
He said the PJF had been trying its best to focus on Shah by providing him opportunities to participate in maximum events in the last three years.
"Our female judoka Amina Toyoda, who is another contender for the Olympic spot could not participate in qualifiers due to the same issue of Covid-19. "Hopefully, she will be able to appear in the remaining qualifiers - Kazan Grand Salam and World Championship." He said that a special grant of two million rupees for these two judokas' participation in three international contests had been approved by Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Dr. Fehmida Mirza and the federation was thankful for that.
"So far, it is purely the PJF who has been arranging Shah's tours and meeting all other expenditures in the extended Tokyo qualifiers." He also requested the IPC Ministry to assist PJF in sending Shah for a month's training camp in Germany till the start of World Championship. "Unlike other major sports, judo Olympic qualification is extremely difficult to maintain. The moment you miss any event, you go down in ranking and tend to lose your hard-earned spot," he maintained.
According to International Judo Federation, the world ranking will be frozen from June 28 and the list of qualified Olympic athletes will be formalised. The Olympic quotas are perfectly identical between men and women. There will be 176 men, 176 women, plus 14 host country places and 20 wild cards, to a total of 386 Olympic judo athletes. The first eighteen athletes of the world ranking will be automatically qualified, according to the rule of one athlete by National Olympic Committee (NOC), by weight category.
As far as the qualification via continental quota is concerned, each continent has been allocated one ticket.