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Shah to fight Fijian Judoka at Asia-Oceania Senior Championships  

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Japan-based judoka Shah Hussain Shah will be looking to solidify his Olympic Ranking when he will take on Tevita Takayawa of Fiji in his first contest of Asia-Oceania Senior Championships at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Thursday. “The championships act as Tokyo2020 and will help Shah gather maximum points to better his position for the prestigious sports event [Olympics],” Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) vice president Masood Ahmed told APP on Wednesday. Around 195 competitors – 112 men and 83 women from 29 countries are taking part in various weight divisions of the championships that commenced on Tuesday and will end on Saturday.  The 27-year-old Shah, who fights in the -100kg division, had already earned a spot in the Tokyo Olympics on continental quota but to maintain his current position he will have to continue to follow the adventure of the Olympic qualification races till their culmination in June, this year. “That’s why we’ve decided to field him in all major international events, which will serve as Olympic qualifiers,” Masood said.  “Next month, we’ll send him to Russia where he’ll compete in Kazan Grand Slam 2021, scheduled to be held from May 5 to 7.  “Then, he’ll be featuring in the crucial World Championship Seniors 2021, scheduled to take place at Budapest, Hungary from June 6 to 13,” he added. Shah with 1026 points holds 50th position at the Olympic Ranking chart, while his opponent Tevita with 349 points is at number 88. The 24-year-old Tevita has also qualified for the Olympics on Oceania continent quota.

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