Sanjeep Lama, a former international Fencing player from Nepal and a qualified coach has been in Karachi for over two weeks to impart tips to budding local players in this growing sport in Pakistan.
“I am enjoying like home in Pakistan. The perception is entirely opposite to the reality. The people are generous and there is no problem whatsoever”, Lama told a group of journalists at the training workshop here on Sunday.
The workshop, to apprise media-persons about basic rules of Fencing, was jointly arranged by Sindh Fencing Association (SFA) and Sports Journalists Association of Sindh (SJAS). About two dozen journalists attended the workshop in which the visiting coach talked about the history, categories and points system of this Olympic sport.
“It’s a royal game and like a live chess in which presence of mind a must”, Lama said
About Pakistan players Lama said he observed Pakistan Fencers during the recent South Asian Games in Katmandu and impressed with their potential.
Meanwhile Secretary General of the Sindh Fencing Association, Muhammad Taqi said they participated in the 13th South Asian Games without Government’s support and fitting preparation however players performed exceedingly well to acquire two Bronze medals.
“The Pakistan Sports Board did post Fencing’s achievement on their website however there is no monetary support from them whatsoever”, Muhammad Taqi said
“We hope the Government will pay heed to Fencing in which there is a lot of talent”, Muhammad Taqi added
The journalists, attended the workshop, lauded the positive activity which, they said, will benefit them a great deal.