A seven-member Pakistan boxing team will head to Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday from Islamabad to take part in the summer Olympics qualifying round.
Pakistan Boxing Federation Secretary, Iqbal Hussain stated on Sunday, “This is the only remaining chance for our pugilists to book a place in Olympics.”
Iqbal is confident on the ability of his boxers and the training they have undergone in Islamabad, “All our boxers are in a good shape. They have undergone tough training at a camp at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. I am sure the nation will soon hear good news.”
Boxers from all around the globe will participate in the tournament that is scheduled from June 16th to June 25th.
The Pakistan Boxing Federation set up a long training camp for 20 boxers in Islamabad under the supervision of Pakistan’s national boxing coach Arshad Khan, who is a three star coach of AIBA and he was assisted by Nisar Khan, who is a former international and AIBA one star coach.
After an extensive training session, the coaches selected seven boxers to represent Pakistan in the qualifying round.
The boxers that are to box for Pakistan are Awais Ali Khan (81kg), Mohammad Tanveer (75kg), Amir Khan (69kg), Umar Cheema (64kg), Ali Ahmed (60 kg), Niamatullah (56 kg) and Mohammad Asif (52kg).
Umar Cheema is the first US born boxer to represent Pakistan at the international stage, he has been training in Miami.
If a boxer is enable to earn a spot in Rio Olympics, it will be an instance after 12 long years when a boxer will box with the Pakistan flag on his chest. The last time Pakistan had representation in boxing in the global sporting event was in 2004 Athens Olympics. However, they couldn’t put an impressive show then.
One of the only two individuals to win a medal in Olympics is Hussain Shah, who conquered boxing ring to win a bronze medal in 1988 Seoul Olympics.