ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Army won the 14th Korean Ambassador National Taekwondo Championship 2019 with total 16 gold medals and 580 points on the last day of the event, which concluded here at Amir Khan Boxing Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Monday.
Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), with the support of Omar Associates, AF Powertek Engineering FZC, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd, NLC and Korean Embassy, organised the championship, in which teams from provinces, departments, services, Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK and Islamabad participated. South Korean Ambassador in Pakistan Kwak Sung-Kyu graced the occasion as chief guest and distributed the taekwondo equipment donated by Korean Embassy amongst the PTF affiliated associations and department. Shahzaib of Pakistan Air Force was declared the best athlete of the event and was also awarded Rs 50,000 cash award by the federation while PTF Women Wing President Shamim Akhtar also awarded Rs 20,000 to Haroon and Shahzaib for their outstanding performances.
The best encounter of the day was in the -45kg cadet category where all eyes were set on 10-year-old Afif Ali Khan, who won silver medal in Fujeera International this year and he was participating in the national event for the first time. The youngster, along with his two younger brothers, is determined to carry the national flag in Olympics. Afif was playing semifinal against seasoned PAF lad, who had won loads of medals at national level. He displayed top class skills against his senior opponent and went down losing 7-11, but he succeeded in winning many hearts.
PTF President Lt Col Wasim announced cash prize of Rs 5,000 as token of appreciation for Afif and termed him the find of the championship. The tears were pouring out form proud father AAA CEO Ahmed Ali Khan, who himself was a national taekwondo athlete. Talking to The Nation, Ahmed said: 'I can't describe these moments in words. Afif showed his skills and I am proud of my son. I will provide him every facility and ensure he will take Pakistan name forward.'
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