Kazmi begins his second term as Pakistan coach today

KARACHI: Newly hired Iranian judo coach Sajjad Kazmi arrived in Lahore late Saturday night to start his second stint as Pakistan coach on Monday (today).

He was received by the Vice-President of the Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF), Masood Ahmed, at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, then was taken to Islamabad on Sunday.

He will take office from Monday (today) and will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Colonel (Retired) Mohammad Asif Zaman at his office. The PJF has booked a room in a guest house for Sajjad in the federal capital which is hosting the national judo camp for a number of international events in the coming months.

“Yes, it has happened,” PJF vice president Masood Ahmed told ‘The News’ from Islamabad. “He met the fighters and they are very happy to have secured Sajjad’s valuable services again,” Masood said.

Hours before flying to Pakistan on Saturday, Sajjad said he was very happy to join the Pakistani team.

“It’s an honor for me to be back as a Pakistan coach,” Sajjad told the Iranian correspondent. “Pakistan is full of talent.

Although time is very short and crucial events are ahead, I will do my best to train the fighters for the upcoming events,” he said.

“Qaiser Afridi and Shah Hussain are great. Although Shah is training in Japan and has a great future, sometimes he will need to train with us,” Sajjad said.

Pakistani judokas are gearing up for a few Grand Slam, Commonwealth Games and Islamic Games tournaments to be held in the coming months.

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