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Flights cancellation extract Pakistan participation in Asian boxing Championship 2021
The cancellation of four flights from Lahore to Dubai on Saturday-Sunday prevented Pakistan from participating in the Asian Boxing Championship, which began in Dubai.
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary Col Nasir has announced that a contingent of nine boxers: seven men and two women were set to represent the country in the Asian Boxing Championship. The PBF in this regard had booked four flights, one after another on Qatar and Emirates Airways from Saturday to Sunday, but all of them were later cancelled and the Pakistan boxing squad could not fly to Dubai.
The ongoing championship, which marks a return of international boxing in Asia post COVID-19 pandemic, has been witnessing the presence of 150 pugilists from 17 countries including India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.
“It is bad luck that our boxers missed the chance to appear in one of the best events of Asia for which they prepared well during the training camp,” the PBF secretary regretted.
The boxers who were to contest in the Asian event comprised Mohammad Saeed (48kg), Mohibullah (60kg), Suleman Baloch (64kg), Aamir Khan (69kg), Saif-ul-Manan (75kg), Mohammad Ajmal (81kg), Sanaullah (91kg), Rimsha Ghaffar (51kg) and Rukhsana Parveen (60kg).
Mohammad Tariq (head coach), Qamar Shaheen (coach), Mohammad Musharraf Khan (manager) and Mohammad Asghar Baloch (NF official) were the officials of Pakistan’s contingent.