AOPNEWS | February 13, 2016
Rohullah Nikpai, two-time Olympic bronze medalist, defeated Pakistani Naveed Khan via a technical knockout to win a gold medal in Taekwondo today in the 63 kg category at the 2016 South Asian Games, currently being held in India. Also, Mohsen Rezaei defeated India’s Abrar Khan to win a gold medal in Taekwondo in the 54 kg category.
This puts the total Afghan medal count at 18 (3 gold, 4 silver and 11 bronze). So far, all the gold medals have been in martial arts, 2 in Taekowndo and 1 in Wushu. Khairullah Lalzad won the gold medal for Afghanistan in Wushu at the 75kg category on February 10th.
This year’s South Asian Games began on February 6 and it will finish on February 16th. A total of 8 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) are participating in 23 sports in the South Asian Games.