KARACHI: Olympic bronze medalist Hussain Shah on Sunday advised the country’s boxing government (PBF) to send top boxers to Kazakhstan for training two months ahead of the World Qualification round for the Tokyo Olympics.
“It is very important to send a group of prominent boxers to Kazakhstan for two months before the world qualification round,” Hussain Shah told The News in an interview from Japan. Husain is the only boxer in Pakistani history to have won a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
“You know, Kazakhstan is the best training center and national boxers can learn a lot there before heavy assignments,” Hussain said. In addition, he also claimed the Hussain Olympic bronze also had Asian Championship credits, Asian Games silver, and five gold directly there. South Asian Games.
Hussain currently trains professional boxers in Japan. Hussain said that before sending to Kazakhstan a month of training camps in Pakistan had to be held and the trainers only had to focus on the physical fitness of the fighters. “It takes a month of physical training before going to Kazakhstan. Trainers Ali Bakhsh and Arshad Hussain and Zaigham Maseel based in Bahrain have the ability to train boxers well. Once they are in top condition they must be sent abroad for pure sparring purposes, “Hussain said.
“Without foreign training, you cannot get the best out of boxers,” Hussain quickly added. The world qualification round is scheduled for Paris earlier this month but has been postponed indefinitely due to a COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Pakistan sent three boxers to Jordan for Asian qualifications in March but they failed to impress. Arshad Hussain is a Pakistani coach. Hussain said it would be very helpful if the Pakistan coach had relations with the Kazakhstan coach.
“Links play a role. “If Pakistani coaches like Ali Bakhsh and Arshad Hussain have a relationship with coaches in Kazakhstan then that will help because those with the help of local coaches will manage a solid sparring partner for national fighters and that will help the boxers,” Hussain said.
Given his own preparatory phase ahead of the 1988 Olympics Hussain said he had been sent by PBF to several countries.
When asked if he could help national fighters if they were sent to Tokyo for training, Hussain said the cost of plane tickets that PBF would pay for the Japanese tour, the federation could manage the entire training program through that amount for national fighters in Kazakhstan which is the best training center.
Hussain added that it was time to focus on boxing because it had a glorious past. Pakistan last appeared in the 2004 Athens Olympics in boxing. And since then national fighters have struggled to return to the Olympics.