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Ayesha Ayaz, Pakistan’s youngest taekwondo star

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

04th Feb, 2020. 12:13 am
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Pakistan’s youngest taekwondo star has won a bronze medal for Pakistan at the seventh edition of the Fujairah Taekwondo Open Championship in the UAE early this month.

8 years old, Ayesha emerged as Pakistan’s most promising star after becoming the youngest competitor to win a bronze medal for her country at the seventh edition of the Fujairah Taekwondo Open Championship in the UAE.

According to the source the Gulf News, the young athlete said, “I really love taekwondo and my aim is to get Olympic gold for Pakistan.”

Be clear that the eight-year-old dedicated her first international win to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and is eager to show him her medal.

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Pakistan’s haul at the championship was two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

President of the Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF), Wasim Ahmad said the young star is very dedicated.

He said also said, “She has demonstrated outstanding dedication and accuracy at an early age.”

Mohammad Ayaz, Ayesha’s father said, Appreciation and honour will not only motivate my daughter to improve her performance but inspire young Pakistani girls.

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Ayesha also belongs from Swat Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, home to the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Like Malala, who became the global symbol of female education, Ayesha is passionate about becoming Swat Valley’s sports icon.

Her dedication towards the sport is remarkable at this young age but without government recognition and support, young competitors face a risk of disappointment.

The PTF is encouraging young taekwondo players from all over the country, but its president Ahmad says that the support of government, coupled with sports-based investment, can go a long way in enabling young people to live healthier and productive lives.

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