From our correspondent
AMMAN, Jordan: Pakistan on Wednesday received another blow when their highly gutsy fighter Syed Mohammad Asif went down to Indonesia’s Suguro Aldoms in the men’s flyweight (52kg) preliminaries of the Asia and Oceania Boxing Qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Amman, Jordan.Pakistan’s coach Arshad Hussain told this correspondent on Wednesday night that Asif fought bravely and everybody said that he had won but unfortunately despite playing so well Asif ended as loser.“I will send you the video. He played smartly and here everybody said that he had won but it was a sheer bad luck that he finished as loser,” Arshad said.“The big issue you know was that we did not get good sparring. Our fighters are very good but need good training,” said Arshad, also a former Olympian.On Tuesday experienced Mehmood-ul-Hasan had lost to China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan in the 75 kilogramme.Now Pakistan has only one hope in the shape of Gul Zeb who will face China’s Maimaititu Ersun Qiong in the pre-quarter-final on March 6.
Gul, who plays for Army at the domestic level, had got bye in the first round.
Pakistan last featured in the 2004 Athens Olympics in boxing and this is very important event for the Green-shirts to click in.
Pakistan also will have another chance of pressing for Olympics when they will field their boxers in the World Qualifying round to be held in Paris from May 13 to 20 at the Grand Dome, Villebon-sur-Yvette. It will be open only to those athletes who have not yet qualified.
In Jordan’s event men are competing in eight and women are featuring in five weight categories. Oceania nations including Australia and New Zealand are also part of the qualifiers.
The continental qualifiers were, earlier, scheduled to be held in China’s city Wuhan from February 3-14 but were postponed and later shifted to Amman due to outbreak of the deadly coronavirus which besides other matters has also unsettled the sports world