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Maaz adds to Pakistan’s bronze collection

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PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Maaz Khan gained a bronze within the -75kg kickboxing full-contact competitors on the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Monday and added to Pakistan’s assortment of medals, which now stands at 21 — adequate for 19th place out of 34 within the standings.

Maaz, the 2010 South Asian Video games wushu gold-medallist, had a powerful run as he defeated Afghanistan’s Rohollah Muhammadi 2-Zero to achieve the semi-final, however his journey ended there as he was crushed by Iran’s Hossein Karami Three-Zero, which nonetheless netted him a bronze.

“It was a great run for Maaz as he’s a first-time kickboxer,” Pakistan Wushu Federation’s (PWF) Malik Iftikhar Ahmed informed The Categorical Tribune. “It was a great efficiency as Iranians are a lot better rivals at kickboxing.”

The feat seems much more spectacular when coupled with the truth that Maaz isn’t an everyday kickboxer.

“This was a swap for Maaz, and likewise Muhammad Bilal who had requested for our permission to characterize Pakistan on the kickboxing occasion in Ashgabat,” revealed Malik. “Since we weren’t part of this system we allowed our gamers to go as a result of they need to get a chance. It’s a proud second for us.”

In the meantime, wrestler Muhammad Inam can match Maaz’s third-place end when he takes on Kazakhstan’s Adilet Davlumbayev in his second repechage of the lads’s 86kg freestyle occasion.

He can be hoping that this one goes higher than the quarter-finals and first repechage, the place he misplaced to Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei and China’s Zyshen Lin respectively.

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