Pakistani Karate Kid Saadi Abbas Ranks in Top 10 of Karate1 Premiere League
Saadi Abbas was the first South Asian to win the Asian Karatedo Championship back in 2011 and even won the US Open 75kg title as well. He has recently been ranked in the top 10 of Karate1 Premiere League by the World Karate Federation, becoming the first South Asian to do so. He was ranked at number 10 because of his exceptional work in an event in Dubai and two in Europe. Unoftunately, he was unable to attend an event in Morocco because of lack of funds, which could have probably ranked him higher on the list.
“Nobody is South Asian region got here because the Karate1 rankings are exclusive for the top 10 players in the world and only they can even register in it.”
Abbas has said that he has not been getting the support from the government of Pakistan that he needs and deserves. He said that without their support it is extremely difficult to compete and win against world’s best karate champions who not only have the funds but their government’s support. “Anybody can be in the overall rankings but Karate1 rankings are the best of the best. It is a bigger tournament than the World Championships even because the world’s top 64 players are fighting for it. Every fight is with one of the top players. It’s more skill than luck.”
“I’ve tried everything I can but it’s very hard for me to qualify on country quota because other Asian countries like Japan, China and Korea are tough. I want to be outstanding in this, but I need support.” Abbas, who ranks 43rd worldwide, has expressed his disappointment in not only the government but the people as well for not watching or supporting athletes other than cricketers. N0body even watches Karate1 championships which is disappointing and not fair to Abbasi and other karate enthusiasts who want to make it big like him. Our country not only needs to invest money but also time as well as resources towards all sports other than just cricket because they are all important. We have exceptional and talented athletes just waiting to be supported by their nation.