By our correspondent
TURKEY: Pakistan’s top wrestler Mohammad Inam on Monday said that he is satisfied with his performance in the Beach Wrestling World Series which concluded in Turkey on Sunday.
“Yes I am satisfied with the way I played in Turkey’s Beach Wrestling World Series. I have played five fights and won four,” Inam told this correspondent in an interview from Turkey.
“I competed against tough competitors. Win or lose is part of the game. The important thing is your performance and the way you play. I played with full force but due to bad luck I got only bronze medal. InshaAllah in future I will try to do a much better job and win more medals for the country,” he said.
Inam on Sunday finished his Beach Wrestling World Series first stop journey with a bronze medal.
Inam, who featured in the 90 kilogramme weight category, fell to Azerbaijan’s Yusubov Ibrahim 2-3 in the semi-finals. Inam had beaten Ibrahim twice in the past events.
Inam then went on to beat Mahmut Syyfi Ozkaya of Turkey 2-1 in the bronze medal fight to end his altogether a tough journey with a bronze. Earlier Inam started the day with a victory over Haci Abdullah Dilek of Turkey in the quarter-finals.
On the first day on Saturday Inam had defeated Turkey’s Mahmut Seyfi Ozkaya 2-1 in his first fight of Group B before overcoming Dato Piruzashvili of Grorgia 4-0 in his second fight.
Inam said that his whole focus is now on the Commonwealth Games.
“Now my whole focus is on the Commonwealth Games and full effort will be made to also extend top performance. But one thing which I would like to mention here is that we will need foreign training and if we are able to get that then we will be able to pull off desired results in Birmingham,” Inam said.
Inam has also to his credit two golds in the Commonwealth Games.
He also thanked Director General of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Col (retd) Mohammad Asif Zaman for the way he backed wrestling camp at Lahore.
“Asif has set up our camp in Lahore and he is facilitating us very well. I also trained there which helped me to get this medal here and if we are given more international training then we will be in a very good position to win medals in the Commonwealth Games, Inam stressed.