Afghan taekwondo competitor Farzad Mansouri will face a Korean rival on Tuesday in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The competition will kick off on Tuesday at 7:45 am local Kabul time.
Mansouri, 19, will compete in the 80kg category.
“We are 100% ready for these competitions, we came to the Olympics to win a medal, not just to participate,” said the coach of Afghanistan's taekwondo team Mohammad Bashir Taraki. He added: “Farzad is in a great mood, we have no problems and no excuses, and we are making our last effort to win a medal for Afghanistan and raise Afghanistan’s flag."
Farzad has won several medals for his nation in Asian competitions.
“Our training is very good and intensive in Japan.” Farzad said. "July 27 is my competition date. God willing, I will do my best and win a medal for my country."
Afghan sports exports said that winning a medal in this category will be hard for Afghanistan but they are optimistic about Mansouri.
“Farzad is a capable athlete, and he has worked hard for these competitions, and I am sure that he will use all his strength and energy in this competition. The challenge that Farzad is facing is a weight challenge. Farzad is not a player in this weight class, and it will be difficult for him to fight at this weight,” former Taekwondo team member Mahmoud Haidari said.
If Mansouri beats his Korean rival in Tuesday’s competition then he will face rivals from Germany and Kyrgyzstan.
On Sunday, Mahdi Yovari, an Afghan in Tokyo competing in the shooting category, was eliminated. His score was 601.4 points and he did not qualify for the next round.
Yovari came in 47th place in the competition, Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday.
Five Afghan athletes entered the Tokyo Olympics.
Fahim Anwari in swimming, Mahdi Yovari in shooting, Kmimia Yosefi in athletics, Farzad Mansouri in taekwondo and Shah Mahmood Noorzahi in athletics.