From our correspondent
KARACHI: The three-day online judo referees-judges course started on Thursday with Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) President Col Junaid inaugurating it.
Speaking on the occasion Junaid said that judokas have proved that there is no shortage of talent by winning medals in the South Asian Games.
He said that Shah Hussain has proved his mettle by playing in Olympics and is also on the verge of ensuring his second successive appearance in the world’s most prestigious extravaganza next year.
He also thanked the Ministry of IPC for handing cash awards to the country’s top fighters who have lifted medals in the South Asian Games in Nepal last year.
Col Junaid also highlighted the performance of rookie judoka Qaiser Afridi who has been doing impressive job and is touted as a real successor of Japan-based Olympian Shah Hussain.
Earlier, welcoming the participants Masood Ahmed, vice-president and media director of PJF, highlighted the importance of the course.
As many as 60 participants from Army, WAPDA, Railways, Police, provincial judo associations and the affiliated units of the federation are taking part in the course.
Masood Ahmed, Technical Director Muhammad Younis, Director for Judges and Referees Judo Commission Qamar Shakeel and member Judges and Referees Judo Commission Talib Hussain delivered lectures on various aspects of the game. Course will continue till June 13.