Kashmir’s 'Karate Kid' Wins India Gold

Qualifies to represent India in World Karate Championship

Srinagar:- A seven year old boy, Hashim Mansoor of Bandipora district has won gold in Asian Youth Karate Championship making way for paying World Karate Championship slated to be played in Europe in September next year.

The ‘Karate Kid’ Hashim Mansoor, son of Mansoor Ahmad Shah, resident of Nadihal village of the district was representing India in the Sub-Junior category championship that was held at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi in which at least 19 countries participated.

“Hashim got Gold after winning three fights and qualified for World karate championship to be held in Europe” his Coach Master Fasil told Kashmir Observer.

Hashim won the gold medal by defeating his Sri Lankan rival.

Reports said that earlier, Mansoor defeated his Bhutanese and Malaysian rivals as well.

After bagging gold medal in Asian Karate Championship, Hashim is all set to participate in world championship slated to be held in Europe in September 2017.

Pertinently, 8-year-old girl, Tajamul Islam of Bandipora won gold medal in world kickboxing championship that was held at Italy.

Mean while, Governor N.N. Vohra and Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar has congratulated Master Mansoor Hashim.

In a message the Governor has conveyed his greetings and compliments to Mansoor, his parents and Coach Faisal Ali for the young boy’s outstanding performance and wished him high success in the World Karatey Championship.

“I extend my affectionate felicitations to Hashim Mansoor for his marvelous achievement at such a young age,” said Naeem Akhtar in a statement. 

He said after 8-year-old Bandipora girl Tajamul Islam’s great feat in the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy earlier this month, Hashim Mansoor’s accomplishment at Asian Youth Karate Championship have made these child prodigies an inspiration for the budding sportspersons of the State.

“It is a moment of special satisfaction for me as these young achievers come from an area which is my native place as well,” the Minister said and added that; “I wish great success to these young achievers in future as well.” 

Auqib did his Masters in Convergent Journalism from CUK, and is currently working with Kashmir Observer as a reporter. He has been contributing stories for the newspaper especially on Business and has a keen interest in politics.

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