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Amir Khan inaugurates Boxing academy in Islamabad

06:23 PM | 5 Jun, 2016
Amir Khan inaugurates Boxing academy in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - British boxer of Pakistani origin Amir Khan formally inaugurated a Boxing Academy in Islamabad late on Saturday, hoping it will produce champions.

The "Amir Khan Boxing Academy" has been set up at the Pakistan Sports Complex, in collaboration with the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), to train young fighters in the country.

"Pakistan is a great country. I really believe in the immense talent that we have here. That's why I have opened this academy," he told media at the inauguration ceremony.

He said that the academy was modelled after the one he established in Bolton, England stating: "It will soon start producing world champions like the United Kingdom."

"I produced amateur national champions, gold medallists, European and world champions in UK and the same I want to do in Pakistan," he maintained.

Amir, a two-time former welterweight world champion, stepped up two divisions to fight Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, last month but lost the WBC middleweight showdown.

He felt that Pakistan could be a top nation in boxing. "My dream has been to help Pakistan in sports. And being a boxer myself I decided to extend support in boxing," he said.

To a question about his recent statement to fight at Rio Olympics under Pakistan's flag, he said that he was a proud British boxer, who had represented the UK at the Athens Games.

He said that his statement was taken out of context. "I am a proud British boxer and I don't want to deprive fellow Brits of a ticket to Rio. What I said was meant that I'd rather give someone else an opportunity instead because Pakistan has no boxers," he added.

Amir also paid rich tributes to legendary American boxer Mohammad Ali, who passed away on Saturday. "He was my hero. The gap created by his death is impossible to be filled. He was a not only a great boxer but also a great personality."

Director General PSB Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera on the occasion said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed with Amir Khan for the academy. Under the agreement, Amir would provide coaches and boxing equipment for the academy while PSB would extend all necessary support to run it in an efficient way.

Earlier, British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew also joined Amir Khan at the inauguration ceremony. "You have come here to see a boxer not an ambassador, so I will keep it short. What Amir Khan is doing here is about more than just boxing, so I do want to say a couple of thing," he said while expressing his views on the occasion.

"This is what tonight is about. Through his academies, Amir Khan is inspiring the next generation in Pakistan and in the UK - themselves to achieve in life. Therefore, I am very proud to be taking part in the opening of his academy in Islamabad," he added.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 24 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.2 for buying and 296.2 for selling while British Pound hovers at 339.5 for buying, and 343 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.25. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.2 296.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 339.5 343
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.25 73.95
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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