Former Pakistani star boxer Hussain Shah called on the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) to train its top boxers on foreign soil if they want to improve boxing.
“It is important that you train your quality items on foreign soil. If they do not fight with the best boxers in the world, Pakistan will not be able to compete in the international racetrack, “Hussain said in an interview with The News.
Hussain arrived in Karachi to see his sick wife suffering from cancer. The bronze medalist of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul is permanently based in Tokyo, where he trains the professional boxers.
Hussain, who has also won five gold medals in South Asia, said instead of spending millions to organize unnecessary provincial and local events, it was important to support elite boxers in their foreign training, which would have a big impact on Pakistan’s boxing ,
“I see millions of rupees spent on organizing unnecessary events, especially in Sindh. And there is no responsibility. I will suggest to Provincial Governments, and in particular Sindh, to grant grants only to those corporations that are reputed to spend the state funds on the right areas, “Hussain said.
He said it was important to promote boxing in schools, colleges and universities.
“I have been to several countries. Especially in England, Japan and America, I’ve seen their boxers come from universities. We should not ignore this factor because your true talent will come from educational institutions, “said Hussain.
He was also expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, but the meeting could not be planned. He would leave Islamabad for Tokyo on Friday (today).
Hussain also urged K-Electric, his former maternal division, to revive his boxing team.
“In addition to K-Electric, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is the other division that helped the sport. National boxers need their support, “he said.
He also offered Pakistan’s elite boxers his help with their education in Japan.
“If the Pakistani Boxing Federation (PBF) informs me in advance, I can make all necessary arrangements for the training of our national boxers in Japan. My services will always be there for Pakistan, “Hussain said.
He was not happy with the way boxing was done in the country. “It hurts me to see our boxing in the most wretched form in its history. “There is a need for a revolutionary person who could bring the sport out of the deepsump,” Hussain admitted.
He reiterated that despite his meritorious service to Pakistan, he had not yet received the 120 square meter conspiracy he had received here in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after winning the only bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in 1988.
He said that his son Shah Hussain also made a name for himself in international judo.
“My son Shah Hussain has also done a great job for Pakistan. Not only has he won several international medals for the country, but he has also made Pakistan proud when he became the country’s first judoka to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics, “said Hussain.