Interview with the Deputy Supervisor of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships Mr. Syed Abdul Kadir
The Deputy Supervisor of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships Mr. Syed Abdul Kadir is a well experienced boxing official who shared us his thoughts about Singapore’s current boxing life and their plans.
As a light flyweight boxer he represented Singapore successfully in the international boxing level between 1971 and 1976. Mr. Syed Abdul Kadir claimed bronze medal in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and also in the 1975 Asian Boxing Championships, furthermore he was Olympian in Munich in 1972.
“Singapore is a developing boxing country in the Southeast Asian region and we are doing our best to make bigger impact in the Asian boxing life. We are here with one boxer who is a very talented one but he still needs more experiences in the competitions.
We have currently 10 clubs and altogether 200 boxers in Singapore from the lowest age groups up to the elite and we have got women athletes as well. We are trying to give chance to all of our age groups in the international level. We have sent our elite team to the Strandja Memorial Tournament to Bulgaria to fight against different boxing cultures.
Our current elite national team will be travelling to India for a common training camp where they can sparring against strong boxers and we are hoping the upcoming weeks will be enough for them to develop their tactical skills and strengths before our main challenge, the Southeast Asian Games which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in the second part of August.
The boxing tournament of the Southeast Asian Games will be held in six men weight classes and we will be there in all of the categories in Kuala Lumpur. The Singaporean National Olympic Committee supports well only those sports which are in the world class level therefore we are facing always with difficulties to find sponsors and travel to the main international competitions.
We will try to develop our younger boxers therefore we are here in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Our best junior will have exams by the time of the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships therefore we are not able to attend in the Philippines event in August.
We formed our women’s national team in 2013 and after their debut in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games we are focusing to their improvement. Following our decision 2-3 women boxers will be competing in the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this November,” said the President of the Singapore Boxing Association, Mr. Syed Abdul Kadir in Bangkok.