Amir Khan wants Pakistani boxers to bring home Olympic medals

Published August 20, 2016
Amir Khan during a training session at Amir Khan Boxing Academy in Islamabad.— Photo courtesy: Noman Khan on Facebook
Amir Khan during a training session at Amir Khan Boxing Academy in Islamabad.— Photo courtesy: Noman Khan on Facebook

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-origin boxing champ Amir Khan has said that he wants to prepare boxers in Pakistan who can fight and win medals for the country in Olympics and other international events.

"I want Pakistani boxers to win medals in Olympics and other international championships," Khan said while talking to media after a training session with local players at Amir Khan Boxing Academy in the Pakistan Sports Complex here on Friday.

It has been 24 years since Pakistan has won a medal in the Olympics. The seven players who contested in the this year's Rio games were all knocked out before qualifying for the final round.

Khan, who often visits the academy during his stay in Pakistan to train the local boxers, said he was impressed to see Pakistanis taking interest in boxing.

"Young people in Pakistan want to become boxers," the British boxer said.

As a sponsor for the academy, Khan said he wanted to do something special for promotion of boxing in Pakistan.

"I am not here for any money-making scheme. What I am doing is only for Pakistan to win the medals in boxing."

Khan met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif earlier this month, who assured him of his full support in his mission of promoting boxing and training youth in Pakistan, he told reporters.

He hoped that Pakistan would be able to produce skilled enough boxers in next few years who could go on to compete on an international level. He said he wanted to prepare a team and develop boxing structure in Islamabad.

“We need to support boxing in Pakistan, this is why I am here.”

Boxers from other cities have been invited to join his academy in Islamabad.

"People have talent and potential. We have to push them and motivate to go to the boxing ring," Khan said. “I want everyone to come to the gym and get their talent polished.”

"I hope boxing will flourish in Pakistan in coming years."

Khan also announced his intention to invite foreign coaches to his academy for training local boxers in subsequent days.

Amir Khan became Britain's youngest boxing medalist at the age of 17.

Opinion

Last call
Updated 23 Sep 2021

Last call

The exchange rate alone can no longer absorb the full impact of the deterioration in the current account.
Appeasing terrorists
Updated 22 Sep 2021

Appeasing terrorists

The policy of appeasement has not worked in the past and it certainly will not work now.

Editorial

Dialogue, at last
Updated 23 Sep 2021

Dialogue, at last

The govt has attempted to make the ECP controversial at a time when its input is critical for the poll reforms
AUKUS controversy
Updated 23 Sep 2021

AUKUS controversy

Instead of flexing its military muscle, the Western bloc needs to engage China at the negotiating table.
Provocative act
Updated 23 Sep 2021

Provocative act

Afghan Taliban flags have been found hoisted at Jamia Hafsa seminary three times since Aug 21.
22 Sep 2021

Interest rate hike

THE State Bank’s decision to raise its key interest rate by 25bps to 7.25pc underpins its acceptance of emerging...
PCB chief’s challenge
Updated 22 Sep 2021

PCB chief’s challenge

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has propelled fears of regional insecurity.
22 Sep 2021

No need for secrecy

THE government should not make a mountain out of the Toshakhana molehill. That would only encourage speculation of...