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Ju-Jitsu on the rise in Pakistan
Ju-Jitsu on the rise in Pakistan

12 Feb 2011
The Pakistan Ju-Jitsu Federation (PJJF) has received the long-awaited formal recognition of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA). The General Council of the POA, at its annual meeting on Saturday, February 12, under the chairmanship of President Syed Arif Hasan, formally recognised the PJJF by giving full membership unanimously.

Lt. General Syed Arif Hasan, who is also a Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia, praised the performance of the PJJF and informed the house that it was ju-jitsu which placed Pakistan 11th in the rankings at the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009 at Bangkok. Pakistan’s young ju-jitsu team brought home three gold medals, two silver and two bronze from Bangkok.

He said the entire nation was proud of the historic performance of the ju-jitsu team and hoped they would continue performing well to bring glory for the country in upcoming events, including the OCA’s 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2013.

The POA President also thanked the President of the Asian Ju-Jitsu and Belt Wrestling Federation, Mr. Khalil Ahmed Khan, for his personal dedication and extraordinary support in promoting ju-jitsu in Asia and particularly in Pakistan. 

The nation also witnessed the superb skills of the sport when the 7th National Ju-jitsu Championship at Lahore from January 20-22 was televised worldwide.

Ten affiliates of the PJJF participated in the event, including the first-time appearance of children with special needs. This was highly praised by the audience and media in Pakistan. Two medals were won by children with special needs competing with normal players.

The POA President was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the national championship. The event was attended by many other VVIPs of the sports world in Pakistan, including the Secretary General of the Pakistan Olympic Association, Mr. Abdul Khaliq Khan, and other heads of different organisations such as the Army, Police and Sports Ministry of Punjab.

Pakistan Wapda finished first with 11 gold medals, five silver and one bronze. Pakistan Police took the runners-up trophy by winning three gold, four silver and six bronze medals.  

Enjoying these glorious moments back in the country, 2009 Asian Martial Arts Games champions Ms. Shabina Nawaz and Hafiza Farah Riaz expressed their satisfaction and attributed this success to the hard work and excellent coaching skills of PJJF President Khalil Ahmed Khan, who introduced ju-jitsu in Pakistan in 1996.

Pakistan was the first Asian country to join the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) in 1997. Pakistan is the host of the 4th Asian Championship, which is likely to be held in May 2011 at Islamabad.
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