Sydney 2000 Olympic Games bronze medallist and two-time Asian Games winner Mr. Rustam Saidov appointed as new head coach in Malaysia

The Malaysian Boxing Federation signed a new contract with Uzbekistan’s coach Mr. Rustam Saidov in the recent days. The Uzbek trainer began his work this week in Malaysia where he was appointed as the new head coach of the national team. The President of the Malaysian Boxing Federation Mr. Mohamad Iruan Zulkefli gave the full responsibility to Mr. Rustam Saidov to prepare the team to the upcoming events.

Mr. Rustam Saidov arrived to Malaysia on January 26 and after completing the seven-day quarantine period, he began his job and he has done his first trainings with the national team. The Malaysian national team has been preparing to the 2021 Southeast Asian Games as the main goal of the year and Mr. Zulkefli believes the country will be able to getting a gold medal in Hanoi in the end of November.

Mr. Rustam Saidov was born in Tajikistan in 1978 and began boxing with a top coach Mr. Mirzo Shamsiyev in Dushanbe when he was 11-year-old. Following his first national and international successes, he competed for Tajikistan at the Tashkent 1995 Asian Boxing Championships and at the 1996 Asian Olympic Boxing Qualification Event.

He changed his nationality and moved to Uzbekistan in 1997 where he became the No.1 super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer of the country and following his gold medal at the Tashkent 1999 Asian Boxing Championships, he qualified for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Saidov impressed also in Australia and he claimed bronze medal in the Olympic Games 21 years ago.

Rustam Saidov claimed two gold medals in the history of the Asian Games, he won the titles in the Busan 2002 and in the Doha 2006 edition. He won the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the Asian Boxing Championships three-times, firstly in 1999 in Tashkent, then in 2002 and finally in 2007 which was held in Ulaanbaatar. He finished his impressive boxing career in 2011 and joined to the coaching staff of the Uzbekistan national team. Rustam Saidov was appointed as Asia’s Best Boxing Coach in 2015 and his kind personality and boxing knowledge guarantee the development of the sport in Malaysia.

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