Virtual Boxing and Fitness Challenge time-frame extended

By our correspondent 

KARACHI:  Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is going full-throttled to keep its boxers in good shape and also hunt some talent through the Pakistan Open Shadow Boxing and Fitness Challenge 2020 being in operation for the last one week in the wake of COVID-19. 

The event earlier was scheduled to be wrapped-up on June 21 but has been extended further and will now close on June 24.

 Fitness and techniques of boxers in three categories including under15, youth and elite are under scanner. A panel of experienced coaches analyse videos of the boxers who send them to the PBF. All the affiliated units of the PBF have been kept involved in the whole process.

It has been known that a few unknown fighters have emerged who have good techniques and can be picked in the mainstream pool.
“Through this programme we have reached to some boxers in the remote areas and we are checking them, both their fitness and techniques. It may help us find some new talent besides keeping the rest engaged,” PBF Secretary Col Nasir Tung said.

 “We have started the event to know about some new boxers, keep the existing pugilists fit and motivated during COVID-19 and also to keep our coaches abreast of the boxers’ fitness situation and their skills level,” Nasir said. “Our effort has been appreciated by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) also,” Nasir said.

Meanwhile Nasir added that the World Qualifying round for Olympics is expected to be held in Paris in March 2021.
“We have been informed by AIBA that the event may be held in March and we should prepare accordingly. There is a meeting in July and hopefully the future schedule will be discussed,”. Nasir said.

Pakistan had fielded three boxers in the Asian qualifying round held in Jordan early this year where no fighter could impress. The world qualifiers are the last chance for the national pugilists to press for Olympics seat. Pakistan last featured in 2004 Athens Olympics in boxing. He said that currently boxers’ safety is the top priority.

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