Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2016

Amir Khan wants to fight for Pakistan in Rio


Amir Khan, eminent British boxer, on Wednesday called over the verdict to permit professional boxers at the imminent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, stating that he would love to represent Pakistan which is the country of his parent’s birth.

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Khan, who has born and raised in Bolton, England and succeeded a silver medal in the lightweight category of the 2004 Athens Olympics prior to becoming professional a year afterward.

However Wednesday’s prevailing by boxing’s governing body at an amazing congress in Lausanne, Switzerland that qualified boxers can contend at the imminent Olympic Games in Brazil, revived Amir’s dreams of splendor.

“It s a decision which I welcome,” Khan shared at a press conference at a promotional occasion in Karachi.

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He added by saying that “It will help boxers and if I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan.”

His father Sajjad Khan calls over from Matore village near Kahuta, residence to Pakistan’s nuclear capability and near to Islamabad. He traveled to Britain, where Khan was born in 1986.

Khan told that he has origins in Pakistan and desires to work for the country.

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Khan stated that “I will be very happy if I can compete in Olympics. I want to serve Pakistan,” Khan, who has been scouting boxing talent in the country for the previous some years.

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However, Khan’s younger brother Haroon’s vision of working for Pakistan was barren in 2012 London Olympics when he was affronted by boxing’s leading body AIBA as he had worked for Great Britain at the junior level.

Haroon had displayed Pakistan in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India where he triumphant a bronze medal in flyweight occasion.

Seven boxers from Pakistani will contend in the previous succeeding rounds in Baku, Azerbaijan, however, they set little opportunity of approaching the Rio Games.

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Pakistan’s previous look in the boxing occasion became at the Athens Games in 2004.

Iqbal Hussain, who is the Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary, told that he was excited at the vision of Amir representing the country.

Hussain stated that “I have to check the rules whether Amir can compete or not but it would be a huge boost for us if it happens because he is our hero,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.