ISLAMABAD - Aamir Mehboob, black belt 2nd Dan Saarc, who won a gold medal in the International KATA, which was held at Kathmandu, Nepal, once again excelled and won bronze medal in the International Open Karate Championship at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Colombo, Sri Lanka. The championship was held from May 8 to May 10, organised by World Hayashi-Ha Karate Do Federation (Japan) in cooperation with Sri Lanka Karate Do Federation. Aamir was the only Pakistani who won bronze medal in a competition among a total of 200 participants from nine countries including Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Malaysia, Bhutan and Nepal. He won the medal in category individual Kata and - 75kg Kumite. During an exclusive talk with The Nation, Aamir said that, "I am proud to win a medal for my country. I want to bring more medals, which could be possible if the government or Karate Federation support me, as travelling across the globe is too expensive and I can't bear such huge expenses," he said. He said that watching Pakistani flag high on Sri Lanka soil and hearing the national anthem was a matter of great honour for him. "I will try my best to bring more medals for my country in future too," he concluded. --Mohsin Ali