Qatar’s historical Olympic quota

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Hakan Erseker is Qatar’s first boxer who qualified for an Olympic Games

Eleven Asian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the World Olympic Qualification Event in Baku, Azerbaijan last week. Among them Qatar’s Hakan Erseker wrote history for the Arabic country who qualified for the boxing tournament Rio 2016 Olympic as lucky loser of the quarter-final. The 22-year-old talent became Qatar’s first ever boxer who can compete in an Olympic Games.
Boxing is a relatively new sport in Qatar where the combat sport was launched only in the late 90’s and their young hopes appeared firstly in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Budapest and since then their boxers have been competing in the international level. One of their best result was a bronze medal at the Doha 2006 Asian Games which was achieved by Hzam Nabah who is still member of their national squad in our present days as well.
Qatar’s Hakan Erseker was born in 1994 in Germany and began boxing at the age of 13 in the club of TV Schwanewede. He had great successes in the national competitions as a youth boxer in 2012 when his career turned into a new era. Erseker was bronze medallist in the German National Boxing Championships four years ago when he was only 18 which showed his great potential.
Erseker joined to the Qatari national squad one and half year ago and received the right to box in the AIBA Pro Boxing where he had three contests. Qatar’s new pride boxed well at the Bantamweight class (56 kg) also in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships where he advanced to the quarter-final of the competition and he was near to get a medal for the host country but failed his last step against India’s Shiva Thapa.
Erseker was also quarter-finalist in the AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event in Qian’an where he lost to only eventual winner Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai of Mongolia at the Lightweight class (60 kg). Qatar’s talent focused to his next competition to the World Olympic Qualification Event which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Qatar’s APB boxer Hakan Erseker had an amazing triumph over Georgia’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Otar Eranosyan in the second preliminary round in Baku which was one of the biggest surprise of the World Olympic Qualification Event.
The 22-year-old boxer had the chance for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games directly against Netherlands’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enrico La Cruz but his European opponent boxed better in the quarter-final. His Dutch opponent was enough strong to beat his rivals in the semi-finals and also in the gold medal bout which meant Hakan Erseker also qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games achieving the 5th place in the World Olympic Qualification Event in Baku.