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Maaz secures semi-finals berth



KARACHI: Pakistan’s Maaz Khan competent for a semi-finals of a Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games’ kick-boxing eventuality in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Saturday.

The 2010 South Asian Games Wushu bullion medallist brought down Afghanistan’s Rohollah Muhammadi 2-0 in a quarter-final of a -75kg full-contact men’s event.

Maaz sent Muhammadi make-up out of a competition, interjection to a unanimous preference win.

The 27-year-old was only one of 7 Pakistani athletes competing in a kick-boxing event.

Maaz will now take on Iran’s Hosein Karami in a semi-final though he is guaranteed to bag a bronze award even if he loses that match.

After a flurry of medals in a opening few days, Saturday was a singular empty one for Pakistan during a Games as a award sum remained stood still during 20, including dual gold, 3 china and 15 bronze.

Pakistan now occupy 19th place out of 34 countries in a standings, with hosts Turkmenistan heading a way, interjection to their 182 medals, including 69 gold.

Meanwhile, Iran is in second place with 17 bullion medals and 72 overall, Uzbekistan are third with 16 bullion medals and 80 in total.

Elsewhere, Pakistan snooker group mislaid 3-1 in their pre-quarterfinal compare opposite Myanmar. Cueist Muhammad Sajjad will now take on Thailand’s Issara Kachaiwong and Asjad Iqbal will play Philippines’ Basil Alshajjar in snooker singular championship on Sunday.

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