Pakistan judo team in Grand Slam Tokyo


Shah Hussain will make a second attempt to confirm Pakistan’s presence at the 2012 Olympics’ Judo event when he tries his luck at the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) Grand Slam that starts on December 9 in Tokyo. This 18-year-old Shah Hussain will represent Pakistan in the sub 100-kilogramme event along with a partner named Shahzaib. He will play his first international event. Last month Shah Hussain took part in the World Judo Championship in Cape Town where he lost to a Russian entry in the second round. “The PJF is trying to avail every opportunity here and Shah Hussain and his partner are our best hope since they are already in Japan,” said an official of the PJF. “The event will be tougher than Cape Town and participants more than 80 other countries will fight for the title. We just need them to qualify for the quarter-finals to book Pakistan’s berth in Olympics-2012 at London,” an official said.