LAHORE: Pakistan ju-jitsu team returned home on Monday after putting up a brilliant show by winning 15 medals in the Asian Beach Ju-Jitsu Championship held at Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka.
The team, comprising five male and four female athletes, won one gold, five silver and nine bronze medals, according to a spokesperson of the Pakistan Ju-Jitsu Federation (PJJF).
More than 20 countries participated in the event, in which Australia was also permitted by the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union to participate.
During the first two days of the event, Pakistani players clinched nine medals, including three silver and six bronze medals.
Awais Ashiq won the first bronze medal for the country in the tournament in -56kg by defeating al Mashahedi of Iraq after choking him and gaining 100 points.
Rafiq Siddique also took part in the same weight category and defeated India’s Guruprasad in his first bout, but was unable to overcome his next opponent from Japan.
The second bronze medal holder, Jahanzeb Rashad Lone, defeated Korea’s Seungjoo Lee in his first fight and UAE’s al Hameli in the second one, before being beaten by Iraq’s al Bazy in the semis.
Female players also showed commendable performance on the second day as Humaira Ashiq won the silver medal in -49kg event. Beenish Khan received two silver medals in +77kg and open weight category as she defeated players from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and UAE. Maryam and Ambreen Masih also grabbed bronze medals in -55kg weight category.
On the last day of the competition, Jahanzeb Rashad Lone won gold medal for Pakistan in -62kg, whereas Humaira Ashiq and Maryam Masih clinched silver in -45kg and -55kg respectively, and Beenish Khan, Awais Ashiq, and Rafiq Siddique received bronze medals in their respective weight categories.
A PJJF spokesperson said that due to financial crisis, the federation could not send its full team, however he praised their performance and attributed it to the hard work of team members and coaches, including Ameer Mukhtar, Shabeena Saeed, and Waqar Ilyas Khan.
Pakistan’s ju-jitsu team will now participate in the 5th Asian Beach Games to be held in Da Nang, Vietnam next month.