Camp for Balochistan boxers on the cards

National federation keen to explore junior talent in region.

Our Correspondent June 06, 2014
The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is planning to hold an exclusive camp for junior players in Quetta this month. PHOTO:FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is planning to hold an exclusive camp for junior players in Quetta this month.

According to PBF official Ali Akber Shah Qadri, the camp is specifically designed to train junior boxers in Balochistan.

He said that the talent from the province needs exposure and no matter what the law-and-order situation may be, the athletes need training at home.

“We’ll have 20 boxers in the camp,” Qadri told The Express Tribune. “They will receive the best training available. Ten of them will be from Balochistan, while the remaining half will come from different regions in the country.”

Qadri said that the coaching staff for the camp consists of three members, a coach from Balochistan, one from Sindh and another from Punjab.

“The coaches and officials are also an important part of the camp. These players will be coming from schools in the U16 category, so the coaches will have to be well aware of grooming raw talent.

“The Balochistan boxers usually don’t get the chance to travel out of their region as they don’t have the resources, so we are taking the camp to them.”

Qadri said that Balochistan and Sindh are the top provinces in boxing on national level, therefore holding the camp among teenagers will definitely be a success.

“We want to work on our basics. This camp doesn’t have a concluding date right now. It will start this month, and in two days we will announce the names of the participants.

“More importantly, we are working to give a chance to the less-privileged youth to come forward and prove their worth.”

He added that preparing relevant documents for the pugilists will be a challenge.

“These boxers need proper documents so that if we choose to send them abroad, we should have all the papers ready. We are very careful to ensure that all players have their B-Form.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2014.

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Someone Curious | 7 years ago | Reply

This is very pleasing to hear. For me, the best engagement for our youth is sport. Its better to channel energy into sports

Great job, Ali Akbar Shah Qadri!

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