ISLAMABAD - Army Red annexed the 10th Korean Ambassador Junior National Taekwondo Championship title after topping the medal table here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex.

Army Red secured 212 points capturing eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals followed by AJK, who got 91 points and bagged one gold, three silver and one bronze medal. Army Green finished third after getting 73 points, winning two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

On the final day of the competitions, in female 45kg khyrogi category, Sidra of Army Green won gold, Safeena of KP A silver, Hania of Sindh A and Muneeba of Army Red got bronze medals. In 49kg, Naqash Hamdani of Army Red earned gold, Zainab of KP A silver, Kinza of Punjab A and Areeba of Sindh A bronze medals. In 53kg, MAhnoor of Army Green bagged gold, Farshin Hamdani of Army Red silver, Sumaira of KP A and Manisha of Gilgit-Baltistan bronze medals.

In khyrogi U-17 male U-35kg category, Shahzab of Baluchistan B secured gold, Yahya Khan of Baluchistan A silver, Asim of Fata and Ahsan Ashraf of Baluchistan A bronze medals. In U-51kg, Farhan Ali of Army Red earned gold, Bilal of Fata silver, Akif of Punjab B and Ghulam Hussain of Baluchistan A bronze medals. In U-56kg, Umar Iqbal of Army Red clinched gold, Awais of Army Green silver, Hameed Ullah of Baluchistan C and Abdul Rehman of Fata bronze medals. In U-61kg, Iqbal of Baluchistan A won gold, Haris of KP A silver, Salman of Punjab B and Alamghir of Army Red bronze medals. In U-68kg, Aamir Sohail of Army Red claimed gold, Usman Ali Shah of Army Green silver, Talib Khan of Sindh A and Abdullah of Punjab A bronze medals. The PTWF qualified technical officials conducted the event in highly professional manner.

Chief guest Korean Ambassador Dr Song Jong-Hw, PSB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, DDG Facilities Agha AMjedullah, Assistant Director Hostels Malik Imtiaz Hussain, PTWF president Lt Col (R) Raja Waseem Ahmed Janjua, Iftikhar Ahmed Tabassum, Saba Shamim Akhtar, Murtaza Hassan Bangash and other dignitaries witnessed the superb performances of the taekwondo players.

The PTWF chief thanked the PSB DG and other staff for their all-out support and cooperation in making the event a huge success. “The players were provided free accommodation and free meal for which I am very grateful to Malik Imtiaz Hussain. I would also like to extend my heartiest thanks to RISJA for such a wonderful coverage, which was indeed a great gesture towards promotion of sports.”

Korean Ambassador Dr Song Jong-Hw started his speech with Assalam O Alaikum and good evening saying, “I welcome you all on the closing ceremony. It is a matter of immense pleasure that the PTWF successfully held the beautiful extravaganza of Korean Olympic Martial Art at Hamidi Hall. The organisers deserve deep appreciation for conducting this event in a professional manner to raise the profile of taekwondo in Pakistan.”

“Taekwondo is beneficial for all people, but its lessons are most useful for children. I feel it is especially important for the children of Pakistan to learn taekwondo in order to protect them and to be better prepared and better disciplined. I wish all the winning players lots of congratulations, others should not lose hope and work harder for the next event, well done, Shahbash!,” he added.

“I would like to again thank Colonel Waseem and PTWF for their excellent work. I will try my best to organise an international event with the joint venture of the PTWF, government of Pakistan and the Korean Embassy. Pakistan-Korea friendship Zindabad,” he concluded.