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Day: September 11, 2020

Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

Pakistan’s boxing coach Arshad Hussain has said the country should hold a training camp within the next few weeks to prepare for the final qualifier for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Scheduled to take place in May and June, the world qualification tournament will give Pakistani boxers the last chance to compete at the Games and Hussain wants to give his athletes the best chance of realizing their dreams. Olympic fans can book Olympic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month
Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

He says there must be an opportunity for a training camp by at least the first week of October.

“The boys have not had proper practice since March because of the lockdown, so I would suggest holding a camp as soon as possible,” said Hussain to Pakistani publication The News.

“If they can start it in early October it will be good.

“As a coach, I know that a minimum of three months will be required for bringing the boys into shape.

“I don’t know how fit they are and how much they have trained during the lockdown.”

Previously, the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary spoke to The News, stating that it hoped to host a training camp for the qualifiers after the National Championship in December.

However, Hussain believes that this is too late.

“You know Olympic qualifiers are a tough event and for that foreign nations work for years,” he added.

“We have time now, but delaying would be dangerous for us as we then would not be able to prepare solidly.

“The state should help PBF in undertaking the task which is very important for Pakistan’s boxing.”

Pakistan boxing coach seeks Olympic qualifier training camp next month

Pakistan competed at the Asian qualifiers in Amman in March before the COVID-19 pandemic but failed to qualify any athletes.

The world qualifier was scheduled for Paris earlier this year before being postponed.

Hussain points to Islamabad Sports Complex and the Army Physical and Training Centre in Abbottabad as possible venues to host a camp.

“The world qualifying round will be tough and we will need our boys to train with some top boxers from other countries,” added Hussain.

PBF secretary Col Nasir Tung said last month that they had requested hosting a training camp in Jordan later in the year.

Pakistan last competed in Olympic boxing at Athens 2004.

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Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

Legendary Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez believes the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa has all the makings of an iconic series.

On Wednesday, the ticket ballot purchase for the British & Irish Lions eight-match rugby extravaganza in South Africa officially opened. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The ballot will remain open from 10:30am (SA time) on 2 September and run until Wednesday, 23:59pm (SA time) on 16 September, with all who register standing an equal chance of receiving tickets during this two-week period.

Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before
Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

Du Preez played an integral role for the Springboks in the historic 2009 series, in which the hosts triumphed 2-1.

In an interview with CLINTON VAN DER BERG for the upcoming SA Rugby magazine, Du Preez said:

‘They will be coming with revenge on their minds, especially as we felt that they believed that they were the better team in 2009. Also, the 2019 World Cup final will spur on many [Englishmen] in the team.’

Indeed, there will be fascinating similarities between the two tours, with the Lions once again set to face off against the world champions – albeit 12 years later.

The former scrumhalf says that the Boks’ crusade towards 2009 began even before the World Cup in 2007, when they also identified winning in New Zealand and beating the Lions as the big targets for the young squad.

Du Preez: It’s going to be better than any series before

The first Test in Durban had a strange momentum, Du Preez recalls. ‘Not being arrogant, but it felt easier than expected. However, the last 15 minutes we brought our whole bench on and the momentum shifted. It was nail-biting.’

The second Test in Pretoria couldn’t have been more dissimilar.

‘Everyone was very confident. But from kick-off it was completely different, so much more physical, as if we were playing a completely different team. They put us under a lot of pressure and it was tough staying in the game until the great escape at the end.’

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