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Olympic gold medallist to coach boxing squad

12th August, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Amateur Boxing Federation (PTAM) has decided to make an Olympic gold medallist from Uzbekistan the coach for the national elite boxing squad.

Without providing a name, PTAM deputy president, Mohd Iruan Zulkifli, said the former athlete from Central Asia has signed a two-year contract and will be here in October after the work permit and other documents have been settled.

“After looking up this person’s track record, discussions and an evaluation, we’ve decided he is the best person for the job.”

“He won a gold medal in the Olympics and bronze medal at the Asian Games,” Mohd Iruan said in a press conference after a working committee meeting with National Sports Council (MSN) and National Sports Institute (ISN) representatives yesterday.

He added that the person won’t just be responsible for the elite squad but will also be transferring his knowledge to local coaches.

He said that Azmi Md Yunus who had been coaching the elite squad since 2017 has been reassigned to the national junior squad.

“We’ve given a year for the person to prove himself with the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2021 in Vietnam acting as a performance measure before we decide further,” he said.

Before this, PTAM had said it had six foreign candidates in mind, including from Kazakhstan, Russia and Cuba. Mohd Iruan also told reporters that the Chief Minister’s Cup in Perak in October and Malaysia Cup in December will go ahead although the venues have not yet been named.

He said they will act as performance measures for PTAM to determine the progress of 10 national athletes and whether they will be retained in the Podium Programme or changed with other athletes who have proven themselves in other tournaments. – Bernama

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