Boxer Waseem requests government to issue him diplomatic passport

From our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier professional boxer and former World No1 Mohammad Waseem on Wednesday requested the federal government to issue him a diplomatic passport so that he could not face visa issues in future.
“Most of my fights have suffered because of visa issues. Foreign nations take too much  time before issuing me visa. It is laborious job and it also affects my training and performance,” Waseem told from Quetta.
The former Asian Games bronze medallist said diplomatic passport might resolve his pressing issue.
“I demand federal government and the prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to issue me diplomatic passport as it will help me in my career,” the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist said.
“My company MTK Global is also very upset over the situation which I normally face regarding visa issues,” Waseem said.
Waseem recently had to wait for long for Kazakhstan’s visa which was direly required for him as his fight had been scheduled for March 28 there. However the event was later cancelled due to fears of coronavirus. 
Had the fight not been cancelled the Pakistani fighter could have faced issues as he did not get the required training because of his presence in Pakistan and lack of any quality coach.
Earlier when his March 6 fight in Dubai was announced Waseem’s passport was in Spain embassy and the later took too much time to return it. And Waseem had to skip that fight scheduled in Dubai because of his lack of training.
Waseem is working under England-based MTK Global. Waseem trains in its Glasgow gym. Waseem was also upset over the cancellation of global sporting events due to coronavirus.
“It’s really agonising but human health is more precious than sports,” Waseem said. “We should keep fighting against the virus and cooperate with the state machinery,” he said.
Waseem has been a two-time WBC world flyweight silver champion, having won the titles twice three years ago.
He has played 11 bouts, winning ten, losing only one when he went down to South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane in Malaysia in 2018.
Last year he played two fights, winning bot

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