KARACHI: International sailors from Thailand, Egypt and many other countries have enjoyed their time so far in Pakistan while representing their respective countries in the second edition of Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Open Sailing Championship.
The tournament, which is being organized under the banner of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), featuring sailors from 13 countries at the eye-wrenching Arabian Sea at the Korangi Creek, Karachi.
“It is a phenomenal experience for me playing here in Pakistan. The competition is tough here but it’s amazing to be a part of this atmosphere,” Egypt’s Omar said while talking to ARY Sports.
The young sailor was confident to achieve something worthy for his country but highly rated the level of competition. “The contest is not easy as some very good local and foreign sailors are taking part in this event,” Omar said.
Thailand’s coach Damrongsak Vongtim credited the organizers for providing such a valuable platform for the young sailors. He highlighted that the event will extend the relationship between the contestants.
“It is important to exchange cultures and sports play a vital role in it. I have seen a competition here, though the conditions are tough. Sailing in such strong wind is not easy but this is the beauty of this game,” Vongtim told ARY Sports.
Vongtim also has some valuable time with young local sailors who are passionate and good learners of the sport. “It is good to see them running hard for their target. They are strong and their level is strong. I ave spent some time with them and yes being a senior tried to share some tips with them,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that countries including Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Myanmar, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Greece, Belgium, Bahrain, Malaysia, Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, and Tanzania are taking part in the event which concludes July 28 with a prize distribution ceremony.