Thursday, October 21, 2010

Asian Games tougher than Commonwealth

Haroon, younger brother of world champion Amir Khan, will be undergoing his training for the Games in England.. PHOTO: EXPRESS
KARACHI: The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) has warned that the forthcoming Asian Games will be a tougher assignment than the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games (CWG) and has called for an extra effort from the boxers in order to achieve the desired results in China.
The PBF Secretary Akram Khan said that the boxers were preparing at the training camp being held under the supervision of coach Francisco Hernandez Roldan at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad and are aware of the competition that awaits them.
“The boxers have started training harder because the Asian Games are tougher than the CWG,” Akram told The Express Tribune. “The Asian Games can be compared to the Olympics because it features countries like China, Japan and Uzbekistan that have earned medals in the global event.”
Pakistan will enter the Asian Games at the back of a successful campaign in New Delhi where boxers Mohammad Waseem and Haroon Khan secured bronze medals for the country.
Meanwhile, Akram added that a lot depends on the draws as an easy line-up would brighten Pakistan’s chances in the event to be held in Guangzhou.
“We are also hopeful of medals in the Asian Games but draws also play an important part in a tough event like this.”
Eight boxers to participate in China
Akram said that a list of eight boxers to represent Pakistan in the event will be finalised soon.
“We will announce the squad after consulting with the coach. The performance in the CWG would also be considered while naming the squad.”
He added that the PBF wanted to send 10 boxers but was asked to reduce the number by the Pakistan Olympic Association.
Haroon to train in England
Haroon, younger brother of world champion Amir Khan, will be undergoing his training for the Games in England.
“He’ll train in England at his brother’s academy before returning to join the national team prior to its departure.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2010.

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