Pakistan gears up for World Amateur Boxing Championship

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-8-22 9:19:57

Pakistan has been gearing up to feature in the upcoming the World Amateur Boxing Championships scheduled to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from Oct. 17 to 27, officials said.

Secretary of the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Iqbal Hussain told Xinhua on Wednesday that the federation will send six to eight boxers in the event.

The PBF, the governing body of Amateur Boxing in the country, has planned to hold a training camp in the eastern city of Lahore starting on Aug. 25 for the preparations of the mega event.

"The federation will soon release the names of boxers to attend a training camp under three national coaches before going to announce the final team," said Hussain.

Experts said that Pakistani pugilists will have to work hard to make some difference among the boxers from around 124 other countries participating in the event. Pakistan has grabbed only one bronze medal during last 16 events since 1974.

Pakistani boxers will participate in six to seven weight categories.

Pakistan has already selected a two-member team, comprising Muhammad Waseem and Nadir Baloch, for a joint forty-day training session in Kazakhstan. They will leave for Kazakhstan on Sept. 1 for training where pugilists from other countries will go for training before the championship.

Pakistan's final team will leave for Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 after closing its training camp on Oct. 5 in Lahore.

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