Pakistani athletes have an exemplary talent that they come to present on various stages. They have inspired and set remarkable standards with little resources that they have. These athletes emerging with commendable achievements simply show us how much potential our people possess and how far their abilities can take them provided that they have ample support.
Pakistani team of kickboxing bagged a spectacular feat in Bangkok, Thailand when they participated in the World Martial Arts Summit.
The kickboxing event took place in December, between the 21st and 28th, and introduced participants from 12 countries competing in various competitions.
Our representation was carried by a team of kickboxers. 8 talented fighters along with 5 officials who took the stage and made history!
Our kickboxing team managed to rack up 5 gold medals during the World Martial Arts Summit.
The team captain, Inamul Haq led the tally of gold medals with his first in 80 kg category.
He competed against fighters from Bangladesh, Turkey and eventually one opponent from the United States who he defeated in a fantastic showdown. The fight took to round 2 when Inamul Haq defeated the American rival and emerged victoriously.
Each round the team captain fought for a span of over 3 minutes.
In an outlook of the team captain’s background, it is revealed that Inamul Haq has been going through contemporary training for more than 16 years in kickboxing and Martial arts.
He competed at international level for the first time and never failed to fall short of excellence. Considering he did not have experience of fighting on an international stage, it is a big deal how Inamul Haq managed his run in the competition and won it.
Like all other aspiring athletes looking for recognition and sponsorships, Inamul Haq self-financed his trip and each of the team members also had to cover individual expenses of travel and accommodation in Thailand during the tournament.
He credits his exposure to the international stage to Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed who reportedly founded the Bushi Ban International Club.
The team did not have any support from the government. It is a moment of immense pride to realize they managed it all on their own and notched the victory. They struggled and pursued their dreams and set a remarkable example for other aspiring athletes.
There is potential in Pakistan for kickboxing. While it may be overshadowed by the craze for cricket, kickboxing is one of the sports having quite a recognition among locals.
In fact, it has been around for quite a while evident of the photo below:
We hope diversity in sports continues to grow in Pakistan and many aspiring athletes like Inamul Haq and his teammates seek recognition and pursuit of their talent. May the struggles lay the ground for their success.
We wish to see our kickboxing team reaping success on many international stages and making it to the Olympics as well. Certainly, they do not fall short of any abilities.