New Delhi, 29 April: Syed Mohammed Hussain has solidified his position as a beacon of excellence in the realm of karate, achieving the distinguished title of South Asian Karate Champion in the Age 16 and -22 60 kg weight category in the Kumite Event Elite. This remarkable accomplishment took place on April 27th and 28th, 2019, in New Delhi, where he represented India and emerged victorious against competitors from seven other nations.
As the first young participant from Hyderabad to attain such a prestigious title, Hussain’s triumph is a historic milestone for the city. His debut at the South Asian Games was nothing short of impressive, as he defeated his Nepali counterpart with a flawless score of 5-0 in the men’s over 45 kg–48 kg category, earning the coveted gold medal. The Indian audience erupted in celebratory cheers, recognising and applauding his exceptional talent and hard work.
In an interaction with the media, the 17-year-old gold medalist shared his mental preparation for the match and his overwhelming joy after securing victory. Hussain expressed his confidence and determination to play for gold, stating that he gave his all and remained focused throughout the game. His achievement is truly a testament to his unwavering dedication and perseverance in the sport of karate. He stated, “My aim was to play my game with full focus and to play for gold only. I was very confident, even before my bout, that I had to fight for gold only and give my 100% in the game.
”Embarking on his karate journey at the tender age of 12, Hussain encountered numerous challenges, yet these adversities served as the crucible that forged his inner strength and determination to excel. Reflecting on his path, he said, “All my opponents were very strong but I wanted to take a lead in two minutes of every round. We also had a camp here 15 days before the fight started, and I had a few training bouts with them, which helped me plan my game against each of the players.”With each entry into the ring, Hussain held a golden target firmly in his sights, a focused mindset that undoubtedly contributed to his stellar performance.
Hussain further said, “I did what I had in mind, and I got what I wanted. I will continue to train myself this way, that is to stay focused in the game and give my 100% while performing.” This resolute approach, coupled with unwavering dedication, has propelled Hussain to the zenith of his sport, setting a commendable standard for aspiring athletes everywhere.