Karachi: Four national boxers out of five have failed to qualify for Rio Olympics scheduled in Brazil in August, Tanveer Ahmed considering as Pakistan’s only hope in the category of 75kg.
The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) has planned to enter total a seven boxer team in the Olympics Qualifier. However, it ended up sending a team of five-member, of which Ahmed Ali (60 kg), Naimatullah (56 kg), Syed Asif (52 kg), and Awais Ali (81 kg) lost in the first round.
Pakistan’s last boxer Tanveer Ahmed is set to face the Korea’s boxer named as Dongyun Lee in the second round, after winning the initial round.
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Secretary said that Pakistani boxers failed in the Olympics due to lack of training that provided them.
Secretary of (PBF) Iqbal Hussain said, “Our players were not in position to face international players, yet it is due to lack of training, and no one can play without the support of the government,”
Additionally, he said, that we could not send these boxers aboard for advanced training due to lack of resources and the non-supported government, adding that our four year of hard training by the boxers has been totally wasted due to the government.
Pakistan’s boxers had missed their chance to qualify for Asian Olympic in China in March this year.