By our correspondent
TOKYO: Pakistan’s Japan-based judoka Shah Hussain now targets the Commonwealth Games and South Asian Games.
“Yes, now I want to prepare for the next year’s Commonwealth Games and 2023 South Asian Games which Pakistan will host,” Shah told thecricketplus.com in a brief chat today.
Shah recently fell at the first hurdle in the Tokyo Olympics when he was beaten by Egypt’s Ramadan Darwish in the -100kg competition round of 32.
This was the second successive time in the Olympics when he failed to win even a single bout. He had also lost to a Ukrainian fighter in his first fight of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I had won silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2018 Commonwealth Games judo was not part of the event and now I have on my radar gold in the Commonwealth Games next year,” Shah said.
The Commonwealth Games are slated to be held in Birmingham in July-August 2022.
Shah had claimed gold in the 2019 Nepal South Asian Games and defending his title this time in Pakistan would not be an issue.
“Yes it’s not dificult,” said Shah, who also has to his credit a few bronze in the Asian Championships.
Shah also is keen to serve as a coach cum manager ahead of the coming events. “Its an option. Definitely, I will look into it as I have a lot of experience of playing in various events and have the ability to guide fighters effectively,” Shah said.
Shah, son of former boxing Olympian Hussain Shah, has been acting as a key fighter of Pakistan for the last several years.