Karate might not yet be mainstream in Pakistan, but that didn't matter to Saadi's father. As a huge Bruce Lee fan, he was the driving force behind his son taking up the sport. And even though the promising young champion often had to train alone to try and achieve his goal of becoming a legend, he persevered. The hard work paid off when he won a silver at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is also the first ever south Asian to win a gold medal at the Asian Karate Championships.
“I want to win not only for myself, but for my country, my people.”