KARACHI” The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) on Tuesday announced a nine-member squad that will take part in the Commonwealth Games starting from July 23 in Glasgow, Scotland. “The squad comprises six boxers and three officials,” said PBF secretary general Iqbal Hussain. The team will leave for Scotland next week from Islamabad. The PBF official said the team was selected by two coaches with their mutual consent under a performance based formula keeping their performance in view both at home and away events including their showing in the national camps organised in Karachi and Quetta.
Iqbal said from Wednesday (today) a national camp will start functioning in Islamabad under the aegis of the Pakistan Sports Board till the departure of the team to Bolton to undergo a pre-games training camp at the personal gymnasium of boxing legend Amir Khan. “We will be having a good training programme at the most modern gym of Aamir and his guidance will be a blessing for our boxers who will be learning the finer points of the game from the world known boxer,” added the PBF secretary.
He said the pre-games training camp would help in improving the individual performance of each boxer besides infusing a high level of confidence to perform better in the mega event. “Commonwealth Games are a tough event where number of teams will be participating and we are confident that our boxers will also rise to the occasion.” He said the Glasgow Games would be the fourth international participation of our team and the PBF was taking every measure to ensure the participation of its team in all major boxing events at Asia and world levels.
Pakistan squad: Mohibullah (49kgs), Muhammad Wasim (52kgs), Nadir Baloch (56kgs), Ali Ahmad (60kgs), Amir Khan (64kgs) and Muhammad Asif (69kgs). Wasim has been named as captain of the team. Muhammad Tariq and Ali Bukhsh are the coaches accompanying the team while Iqbal will act as the manager.
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