Source: News Bharati English30 Nov 2016 15:31:31

New Delhi, November 30: Seven-year-old Hashim Mansoor from Kashmir's Bandipora district has won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Karate Championships, being held at New Delhi. He clinched the gold in the sub-junior category (below 25kg) after defeating his Sri Lankan opponent in the final.
"I am very happy to win this medal. I had been practicing for this since last one year, it was difficult, but I still won the fight," Hashim said.

His coach also expressed his happiness after the win. "It is a huge thing to win this Championship as there are not much resources for sports in Kashmir; Hashim faced a lot of hurdles to reach here," he said.

Participants from 19 countries took part in the tournament organised by the All India Youth Karate Federation. The boy will now represent India in the World Karate Championship in Europe in September 2017. "The victory of Hashim Mansoor was possible because of the hard work of his coach Fasil Ali Dar," J&K Youth Karate Federation president Ghulam Nabi Tantray said.