UAE-based Pakistani player Sinan Ashfaq won a silver medal for his nation at the Sofia Open Taekwondo Championship held in Bulgaria on April 20-21.
This is Sinan’s fourth award for Pakistan in four months in the current year in the global Taekwondo titles. Sinan won the semi-finals with an edge of 18, beating Theocharis Papapanagiotou from Greece in the in addition to 65 weight classification in the Cadet Division. He astounded the group of onlookers with his aptitudes against a solid adversary. Shockingly, he barely missed as he lost to Dimitrije Ajdukovic from Serbia in the last in the wake of giving intense time to his rival in spite of his foot damage.
Sinan won a silver award in the Belgium Open in March, a gold decoration in the UAE National Championship in Sharjah in February and a gold decoration in the Fujairah International Championship in January. Sinan is the main Pakistani player in the cadet class to win awards in Europe.
Sinan’s next target is the Asian Cadet Taekwondo World Cup in Jordan in July and the Cadet Taekwondo World Cup in Tashkent in August.
The 13-year-old Sharjah kid had opened with a Bronze for Pakistan at the President’s World Taekwondo Championship held in Tashkent in August 2017. Sinan is additionally a high performing understudy at the North American International School (NAIS) in Dubai.
“I am content with my performance but also sad for not winning the gold for my country. I will work much harder to win medals for Pakistan in the upcoming occasions,” he said.
Sinan committed his decoration to Prime Minister Imran Khan and furthermore expressed gratitude toward the Pakistan Taekwondo Federation for supporting him.