Meet Ayesha Ayaz, Pakistan’s youngest taekwondo star


Eight-year-old won bronze at international event and hopes to make it to Olympics

At the age of eight, when most kids spend their time on smartphones, Ayesha Ayaz made her international debut as Pakistan’s youngest taekwondo practitioner.

Ayesha Ayaz, Pakistan’s youngest taekwondo athlete to bag accolades in the 27kg category during the 7th Fujairah Open International Taekwondo Championship in UAE, says it is her dream to play for the Olympics.

She further revealed she is excited and proud of her success and dedicated her medal to Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the occasion, the eight-year-old girl from Swat also cut a cake to celebrate her win.

“My next target is Olympic games for which I am working hard and practicing daily under my father’s supervision. I also expect the government will assist me in preparing for the mega event,” she said.

 “I really love taekwondo and my aim is to get Olympic gold for Pakistan,” she said.

Introduced to martial arts at the tender age of three, Ayesha has won many district, provincial and international medals.

Her father, Mohammad Ayaz, also a taekwondo practitioner, said she took to the sport after watching him training. She grew up practising with her brothers Zaryab Khan, 7, and Zeeyab Khan, 5, who are also national champions.

Taking to Twitter, the PM shared the news and expressed his joy regarding the matter. “8-year-old Ayesha Ayaz has made the country proud by winning a bronze medall in three Taekwondo contests held in UAE,” he wrote. “Ayesha has also earned the distinction of being the youngest player in the country.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited youngest Pakistani athlete Ayesha Ayaz at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad in an appreciation for her recent feat in the taekwondo (martial art) competition.


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