Pakistan’s women boxing team will be done a historical debut in the upcoming Asian Games
Pakistan has got bright history in the boxing events of the Asian Games and their National Federation will be attending in the upcoming Jakarta tournament with 8-strong team. At the very first time in the history of boxing Pakistan will represent the Asian Games with two women boxers.
Pakistan claimed 6 gold medals, 19 silvers and 36 bronze medals in the history of the Asian Games in boxing. Their 61 medals means Pakistan is the 8th most successful nation in the boxing tournament of the Asian Games since 1954. Their most successful eras were the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in the Asian Games while their last medal was achieved by Muhammad Waseem at the flyweight in 2010.
Pakistan attended in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast this April but their boxers were eliminated in the quarter-finals or in the preliminary stages. Pakistan spent a few weeks in a training camp in Kazakhstan and following their National Championships and the Commonwealth Games they are focusing to the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games.
Their women boxing team was formed in 2015, the Pakistani girls attended in the South Asian Games in 2016 as first. A historical step was done by the Pakistan Boxing Federation this February, their first ever Women’s National Boxing Championships was held also parallel by the men’s national event in Lahore.
Razia Bano Aziz of Sindh will be Pakistan’s woman boxer at the flyweight (51kg) who defeated a more experiences boxer in their National Championships in Lahore. Punjab’s South Asian Games bronze medallist and National Champion Rukhsana Perveen began boxing in 2015 and after three years she received the right to box in Jakarta.
The South Asian Games silver medallist and National Champion Mohibullah Bacha is an experienced light flyweight (49kg) boxer who attended in his first national event in 2006 but he was unable to box in the last edition of the Commonwealth Games therefore the Asian Games could be his main tournament in 2018.
Army’s South Asian Games silver medallist Syed Muhammad Asif was quarter-finalist in the Commonwealth Games but he missed the medal following his loss to Scotland’s Reece McFadden. The 25-year-old flyweight (52kg) boxer is Pakistan’s No.1 in this category since 2015 and has got all of the skills to make surprises in Jakarta.
Naqeebullah claimed only silver medal in the last edition of the Pakistan National Championships but he will be representing the country at the bantamweight (56kg) in Jakarta. ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Suleman Baloch is the youngest team member in the men’s squad who is 21 but Jakarta will be his fourth big international events.
ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and Islamic Solidarity Games competitor Gul Zaib will be competing at the welterweight (69kg) in Jakarta which category could be a spectacular in the Games. Navy’s South Asian Games silver medallist Tanveer Ahmed is the 8th member of the Pakistani boxing delegation at the Asian Games.
Pakistan’s team in the upcoming Jakarta 2018 Asian Games
Women’s 51kg: Razia Bano Aziz
Women’s 60kg: Rukhsana Perveen
Men’s 49kg: Mohibullah Bacha
Men’s 52kg: Syed Muhammad Asif
Men’s 56kg: Naqeebullah
Men’s 64kg: Suleman Baloch
Men’s 69kg: Gul Zaib
Men’s 75kg: Tanveer Ahmed
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