Mr. Hemantha Weerasinghe – It was great from ASBC to start the Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships
Mr. Hemantha Weerasinghe is one of the key Sri Lankan boxing officials who works as enthusiasm to develop the South Asian country’s boxing life. The experienced Sri Lankan official worked as ITO in the ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Kuwait City and shared us with his opinions about the event, the future plans of Sri Lanka’s boxing and some other topics.
“It was a great initiative taken by ASBC to start the schoolboys level in the Asian continent at the very first time. It was completely a surprise for all witness in the venue to watch these talented young schoolboys. The boxers had great enthusiasm but in the smaller weight classes they showed great technical and tactical skills as well. The heavier boxers’ performance was almost equal to the elite level in terms of strength of the punches.
Hosting the ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Kuwait City was a great decision as the facilities were very conductive. I am sure it was a big challenge for Kuwait Boxing Federation to host a continental event in their capital. It would have been ideal if the schoolgirls also could be taken part in the event but time will come soon. It is highly recommended to promote schoolboys and schoolgirls international boxing tournaments in Asia which would make the ASBC Championship more competitive.
The organization of this ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships has kept the benchmark high and it will be a challenge for other countries in the future to increase this standard. The most attractive part of promoting this tournament was from the ASBC Facebook page where the photos were exceptional.
Six Sri Lankan boxers attended in this ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships who were selected from last year’s events and the Final National Trials. The performance, shown by some of the Sri Lankan boxers, were remarkable in spite of the fact these young talents started their boxing career less than two years ago.
The upcoming national event is the traditional Layton Cup which is a selection trial before the South Asian Games which will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal later this year. The Boxing Association of Sri Lanka is expecting gold medals from the South Asian Games and our main target is to get a medal in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
I hope the schoolgirls will be also added to the next edition of this championship as always recommended to have both genders together in all levels of Asian boxing. I hope AIBA can also launch the AIBA Schoolgirls and Schoolboys World Boxing Championships in the future,“ said Sri Lanka’s ITO Mr. Hemantha Weerasinghe after the ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships.
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