Karachi: British born Pakistani boxer Amir Khan has expressed his concern about the demise of the sport in Pakistan, the land of Khan”s ancestors, and said he is willing to help local boxers prepare for the 2016 Olympics.
The Bolton-based boxer expressed his disappointment as Pakistan failed to confirm even a single berth for the 2012 London Olympics, a similar tale to the 2008 Beijing Games.
“It”s very disappointing that nobody qualified for the mega event. We have great talent in Pakistan but I think we need to invest in improved facilities and coaching,” Pakistan’s local English daily The Express Tribune quoted Amir, as saying.
“Keeping that in mind, I”m available if Pakistan boxing needs any help. I offered my gym in Bolton to the Pakistan boxers ahead of their qualifiers too. This offer will always be open to them,” he added.
Meanwhile, Amir hoped that Mohammad Waseem, currently Pakistan”s most accomplished boxer, will make his name in professional boxing.
“He can be a good professional but he needs the right coach. Amateur boxing is completely different from professional boxing. He has my support all the way,” Amir said.
“I will probably visit Pakistan after Ramazan. The main thing will be to meet my fans because they very rarely get to see me as I am so far away,” Amir added.