Highlights of the ASBC National Federations – Afghanistan
The Asian Boxing Confederation introduces the best moments of its affiliated Asian National Federations launching a new PR campaign, the Highlights of the ASBC National Federations. Afghanistan Boxing Federation is a strongly developing country in our sport which reached its highlight in the Tashkent 1995 Asian Boxing Championships when Muhammad Aman claimed an unexpected silver medal which were followed by their young talents in the recent five years.
The current President of the Afghanistan Boxing Federation Mr. Abdullah Sattari invested hard work to develop the country’s boxing life in the previous years and to increase the number of boxers. Mr. Waheedullah Hameedi is the second engine of the Afghanistan Boxing Federation who raised also the country’s international relations.
Afghanistan sent three boxers to the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games which was one of their first international appearances in the boxing world. Afghanistan’s boxing life was a big challenge in the 1990s when the country suffered during its Civil War but the sport survived those serious periods.
Despite of all challenges Afghanistan was able to send a team to the 1995 edition of the Asian Boxing Championships which was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the continental event was a qualifier for the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
Afghanistan’s best boxer in that era Muhammad Aman eliminated Japan’s Yoshiaki Imaoka in the quarter-finals which was a big surprise in Tashkent 25-years-ago. The Afghan boxer bowed out Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chun Yuan in the last four during his road to the finals of the light middleweight (71kg).
Aman advanced to the final of the weight class and had to meet with Kazakhstan’s Yermakhan Ibraimov who became Olympic Champion in 2000. Aman did not have real chance to beat his Kazakh star opponent but his silver medal was Afghanistan’s best ever performance and highlight during their boxing history.
Afghanistan returned to the boxing map in the 2002 Asian Games which took place in Busan, South Korea and since then the country attended more international events. Afghanistan’s talents impressed in the Tashkent 2015 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships where two of their boxers such as Mesawer Kakar and Zahoor Nejrabi claimed bronze medals after beating more experienced Tajik and Thai opponents.
Afghanistan’s next highlight was the 2019 edition of the ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships which was held in Kuwait City. During the first historical edition Afghanistan proved its very best and ranked as No.7 in the team rankings. Mohammad Younus Amiri and Shirzai Masiullah earned two bronze medals for Afghanistan in Kuwait City one year ago.
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