Saadi Abbas Jalbani, one of Pakistan’s best karatekas, wants all national stakeholders to come together and strive for sports’ overall good.
In a conversation with Geo News, Saadi emphasised the importance of spotting potential and developing it over time.
Authorities must find athletes who have the potential to win us gold at international competitions, and one way to do so is by sending them to several competitions so they can demonstrate their abilities, Saadi said
“Send them to South Asian Games, if they play well, send them to Asian Games, invest in them and offer them exposure to international events before expecting them to win medals for the country,” the 30-year-old karateka said.
Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem won the gold medal for his country as a result of continual exposure to a global audience, as Saadi emphasised.
The Lyari karateka is currently preparing for the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, where he will compete on August 17 and 18.
Saadi is presently in Dubai and will fly to Turkey on August 14.
“I’m well-prepared and looking forward to giving my best in the Islamic Solidarity Games,” he remarked, adding that all the Islamic countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and Turkey are dominating the sport, but he’s hopeful to outperform.
“It will be a tough contest, but I am confident as well. I won a Silver medal in Baku last time and now eyeing Gold,” the karateka anticipated.
“Although we also wanted some training tours, we’re thankful to have been provided with a camp facility by PSB which helped us during training,” he concluded.
Saadi also discussed his training experiences at the athletes’ four-month camp run by Pakistan Sports Board, noting that it was beneficial for their preparation.