Young Taekwondo players from Sharjah Sports Club demonstrated impressive international sparring skills and won three UAE medals at the renowned French Open Taekwondo Championship held this month in Paris.
1100 players from Taekwondo from all over the world competed.
Under the guidance of Abdullah Hatim, the national coach and technical director of Sharjah’s sports club of United Africa, Sharjah players received two gold and two silver medals. This year, Sharjah teams lifted the UAE National Championship trophy.
UAE-based Pakistani Taekwondo player Sinan Ashfaq Ahmed also continued his victory in the French Open Taekwondo Championship in Paris, bagging silver medal.
In the quarter-finals, Sinan represented Pakistan National Taekwondo Team, beat Russian player Pavel Mironov and Spaniard David Rodrigues Garcia. But in the final, he lost another Russian player, Ivan Skudrit.
Sinan, 14, has also won three gold medals in the UAE this year including the UAE national Club Championship gold in March, the Emirate Korean Taekwondo Championship gold in October, and the UAE National Taekwondo Championship gold medal in November this year. In addition, Sinan has received the same gold medal in October. In the presidential Country, Sinan also won a bronze for Pakistan.
Sinan thanked the Pakistan Federation Taekwondo (PTF) for its ongoing support and encouragement, and especially the PTF President Colonel (retired) Waseem Ahmed.
Sinan’s coach Abdullah Hatim has regularly advanced commending Sharjah Sports Club’s success as the French Open is one of the most difficult world championships. He said the players are growing their skills increase and are now ready to participate in all international competitions. Sinan trains with coach Hatim at the Sharjah Sports Club.
Taekwondo is one of the official Olympic medal sports since 2000 and has been practiced worldwide by over 80 million athletes.