Afghan athletes got 11 medals, including two gold, two silver and seven bronze medals, from International Jujitsu Tournament of the St. Petersburg Open 2020 organized by Russian Jiujitsu Federation on October 23-25.
From Afghanistan, 13 athletes attended the event where 280 athletes participated from Central Asian and some European countries.
The Afghan team competed in different weight categories in the competition.
Najib Omid, Zia Khan Safari and Zabihullah Safari competed in Adults Jujitsu Male-54 kg, Husain Bakhsh Safari, Nasratullah Saleh and Mustafa Wakilli in Adults Jujitsu Male-62 kg, Wahidullah Nasiri and Wakili Mahdi Adults Jujitsu Adults Jujitsu Male-69 kg, Mujtaba Husaini in Adults Jujutsu Male-77 kg, and Mohammad Hassan Ataee competed in U18 Jujitsu Male-66kg.
“It was the first big achievement in sports after the coronavirus crisis and I congratulate Afghans on this achievement,” said Haris Abawi, the secretary general of Afghanistan Jujitsu Federation.
“I congratulate the people on achieving 11 medals in the event,” said Sayed Jawad Husaini, the coach of the national jujitsu team.
Afghan mixed martial arts fighters said they are excited for the achievement.
“I got a silver and a bronze medal in the competitions. We are committed to having more achievements in sports,” said Husain Bakhsh Safari, member of the jujitsu team.