September 05, 2010Print : Sports
KARACHI: Muhammad Wasim, who won gold in the First Sport Accord Combat Games the other day, expressesd his joy for gifting his country with a medal in the times of crises.
“I am very happy that I won a medal when the country is engulfed with numerous crises,” said boxer Muhammad Wasim.
Wasim said that he had to fight against some of the very tough boxers but he never felt any pressure against any opponent.
“I played my natural game throughout and it helped me win the gold,” Wasim told ‘The News’ here in an interview on Saturday after his arrival from Beijing.
He was also scheduled along with other boxers to leave for Islamabad from here on last evening to join the joint training camp being at the Pakistan Sports.
Wasim said that the gold in Beijing has boosted his confidence and now he is ready to win laurels for the country, even in the Commonwealth Games and in the Asian Games.
However, he asked for a foreign tour especially of Cuba so that he could do sparring with their tough boxers ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“I will say with confidence if I am given a good training opportunity, I would be able to win gold for the country in the Commonwealth Games.”
“I need some tough training with the boxers of Cuba, Russia and Kazakhstan etc,” Quetta-born Wasim, who had also won silver medal in the South Asian Games in Bangladesh this year, said.
On the contrary, it does not seem that Wasim will get an opportunity to get training in Cuba as the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is not in a mood to approve the planning made by Cuban coach Francisco Roldan to send three boxers to Cuba for a 15-day training ahead of the India affair.
“Because of shortage of time, the trip to Cuba will be just wastage of time and money,” the PBF secretary Muhammad Akram Khan told ‘The News’.
Muhammad Wasim has also fought in the 52kg weight class in Beijing but will appear in the 49kg category in the Commonwealth Games as his fellow England-based boxer Haroon Shahid will fight in the 52kg. Haroon, the younger brother of light welterweight world champion Aamir Khan, has already reached Islamabad, and as per an official of the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF), he will join the joint training camp in Islamabad on Sunday (today).
Three Sri Lankan boxers have joined the training camp while four more Sri Lankan boxers are due to reach Islamabad on September 8. On September 7, seven boxers from Mauritius and seven from Central Africa are due while the arrival of boxers from Rwanda, Nigeria and Uganda will be confirmed by Monday (tomorrow).