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Hussain Shah debutes in Paris for Pakistan
7 Feb 2020 13:10
Rio 2016 Olympian Hussain Shah Shah of Pakistan made his IJF World Judo Tour debut a decade ago at the Worlds in Tokyo. His is one of the rare debutants in the IJF World Judo Tour who will be out in force in Paris who could catch the eye this weekend. Shah, 26, who is ranked number 47 in the world, lives in Tokyo and has travelled all over the world to fight to put Pakistan on the map in judo but he’s never fought at the Paris Grand Slam. He debutes in his weight category U100kg.
Shah was the first Pakistan judoka to compete in an IJF medal contest - in this losing effort against Elnahas (CAN).
The uchi-mata and harai-goshi specialist is a regular at the Kodokan for their weekly Wednesday elite men's session which features top University judoka and members of the Japanese team.
Shah, who is sporting a new shaved head look, came within touching distance of winning Pakistan’s first IJF World Judo Tour medal in Abu Dhabi as he finished in fifth-place in October and that experience will spur him on as he lives out one of his dreams by competing in the AccorHotels Arena on the second and final day of competition in France.
Best results: Asian Championships bronze medal (2013, 2015), Abu Dhabi GS 2019 5th place
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