May 10, 2011

Wasim Hashmi’s initiatives take Judo to rural Sindh


By Syed Khalid Mahmood

Sukkur emerged triumphant in the first-ever SSB Rural Sindh Judo Championship will be organized by the Sindh Judo Association (SJA), with the collaboration of the Sindh Sports Board (SSB), at the Jinnah Hall Baldia Complex in Mirpurkhas.

Syed Wasim Hashmi, President SJA, and Vice President, Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF), played the lead role in taking the sport to the rural part of the province with the collaboration of the Sindh Sports Board (SSB).

Wasim Hashmi has remained passionate about spreading martial arts and he continues to spare time and resources for the promotion of judo in particular despite his preoccupations as a top income-tax lawyer of the country.

Judo has generally been organized in the urban centres of the province, notably Karachi and Hyderabad, and it was a novel idea to have an event exclusively for those living in the less privileged rural areas of Sindh.

Wasim Hashmi and other officials of the SJA were thrilled with the response to the inaugural edition of the SSB Rural Sindh Judo Championship and they remained confident about making it a regular feature.

According to the results announced by the organizers, Sukkur won the championship by accumulating 55 points while hosts Mirpurkhas ended runners-up with 45 points. Nawabshah stood third with 25 points while Badin and Larkana shared fourth position with 20 points each. Umerkot and Sanghar could muster only five points each.

Sukkur clinched a couple of gold medals besides two silver medals and a bronze medal while Mirpurkhas also secured two gold medals alongwith one silver medal and as many bronze medal. Nawabshah didn’t get any gold but they compensated by winning as many as 10 silver medals.

The below 50-kg contest was won by Abdul Moin Khan of Sukkur with Azam Ali of Nawabshah finishing second and Imran Ali of Larkana and Bahadur Ali of Badin sharing third position.

Nusrat Hussain of Mirpurkhas won the below 56-kg event with Aneeq Khan of Sukkur taking second position and Mohammad Imran of Badin and Tariq Ahmed of Nawabshah being joint third.

Ghazanfar Ali of Sukkur clinched the gold medal in below 60-kg competition with Nooruddin of Mirpurkhas securing silver medal and Dilshad Ahmed of Sanghar and Mohammad Rafiq of Nawabshah taking home bronze medals.

The gold medal in the below 66-kg category by claimed by Sajid Ali of Larkana while Mohammad Alamgir of Sukkur earned silver medal and Farid Ahmed of Mirpurphas and Asif Khan of Nawabshah got bronze medals.

Aurangzeb Khan of Mirpurkhas was the winner of the Open weight contest with Majid Ali of Badin) ending as the runner-up and Malang Sami of Umerkot and Ishaq Ansari of Sukkur finishing third.

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