KARACHI: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Karateka and the Olympics hope Saadi Abbas wants to give something to the country in preparing for world-class fighters in the future provided he is assisted by the government in giving him land in Karachi for his club.
“What I need is a piece of land. You know the government has a lot of land. This has given a piece of land for hockey and other sports, “he told ‘The News’ from Islamabad on Sunday. “If it gives me land, it will help me build a set-up that will help me prepare world-class fighters,” he added.
Saadi wanted to meet with federal minister for IPC Dr Fehmida Mirza but the meeting could not be arranged. “I have founded a club in Karachi where around 150 fighters are undergoing training. You know giving big rent is a burden. If the federal or provincial government helps me get land, it will be very helpful, “he said.
“I can still give you some boys for the upcoming Youth Olympics,” said the former Asian gold medalist.
“I have a degree in sports management and I am an IOC certified trainer, have done various courses and attended training seminars. “After leaving the professional circuit, I want to work as a coach and for that the country must support me,” said the Commonwealth Karate Championships gold medalist.
“The Sindh government can also support me because I do this to promote the fighters in this region. In Lyari most children come from poor families. “If I am given land then that will make things easier for me and I will be in a much better position to work in the nursery and will also give them international exposure,” Saadi said.
“I have created ties with international players and coaches and everyone is ready to come here and train children in my club,” Saadi said. “But for that the right arrangement is the main factor,” he added.