LAHORE – A Pakistani man gained 15th Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Open Worldwide Championship 2018 in Malaysia, bagging one gold medal and one silver medal for the nation earlier this month.
Yaseen Ramzan, a resident of Lahore’s Shahdara space, has now shared his ordeal and the way he managed to symbolize Pakistan with none sort of authorities assist at one in all greatest Karate occasion in Asia.
Ramzan informed Every day Pakistan in an unique interview about his feats, which embody beating Karate gamers from Pakistan’s arch-rival – India – twice within the event, held between Might Four-6.
“I needed to borrow Rs200,000 from my buddies and native sponsors to take part within the Malaysia occasion. Whereas gamers from India, Nepal and Indonesia had include their managers and trainers, I used to be on their lonesome there to symbolize Pakistan with out even a coach or doctor,” the 29-year-old stated.
Yaseen, who has been into the game for previous 18 years, all the time needed to show his pastime and keenness right into a full-time profitable enterprise. However, sadly, lack of sources and the federal government’s apathy has pressured the Karate king handle his livelihood by working a small barbeque joint in his hometown.
The sportsman, who had bagged three gold medals in opposition to India in Sri Lanka final yr, went on to share that Indians supplied him a chance to play from their aspect.
“Probably the most disappointing factor for me is that no official of Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) has but approached me,” Yaseen stated, including that his instructor (mentor) has been using a three-wheeler on metropolis roads to assist his household.
The nation’s karate federation, however, asserts it has chalked out a complete program for the promotion of karate at grassroots stage for the gamers and arranging teaching and referee programs.