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Dhaka Tribune

Age does not matter

Update : 22 Apr 2013, 11:10 AM

Jahidul Islam, the youngest contestant in his arena, showed that age does not matter in sports by taking gold in the men’s Taekwondo – 54kg event at the Bangladesh Games yesterday.

Jahidul, 17, won all his matches to claim his first gold medal at the Games. The win came after seventh-grade student Pinky Khatun from Rajshahi won the gold in the women’s -46kg event on Saturday – making it a good weekend for the youth.

It was good day for the Islam family, as Jahidul’s elder brother, Nazmul Islam, won the bronze medal in the -68kg event for the same sport.

When the last Bangladesh Games took place back in 2002, Jahid was only seven years old and had no idea about the event. Inspired by his elder brother, he took up taekwondo in 2006, despite the disapproval of his parents.

The lad from Gazipur started his senior career with BJMC in 2011 and won four gold, three silver and one bronze medal at the national championships. He is expected to compete in two tournaments in Malaysia later this June – the Asian Junior Championship and the Islamic Solidarity Games.

"I was always determined to win gold in my event and I knew I could do this and I also told everyone that I would win the gold," said Jahid yesterday.

 "He has pace, brain and he is very fast. He has a bright future in taekwondo," said Qurban Ali, who took the gold in the -63kg event on the same day. Qurban added that Jahid was “the future of taekwondo.”

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