Olympic gold medallist picked as boxing squad coach

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 evaluation, we have decided that he is the best person for the job.

“He won a gold medal at 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 and National Sports Institute representatives yesterday.

He added that the person will not only be given the responsibility to lead the elite squad, but the Olympic gold medallist will also be transferring his knowledge to local coaches.

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

“We have given a year for the person to prove himself with the SEA Games 2021 in Vietnam acting as a performance measure before any further decisions are made,” he said.

Prior to this appointment, PTAM said it had taken into consideration six foreign candidates, including from Kazakhstan, Russia and Cuba.

Mohd Iruan also told reporters that the Chief Minister’s Cup in Perak scheduled in October, and Malaysia Cup which is set to go on in December will go ahead as planned, although the venues of the matches have not yet been named.

PTAM deputy president said the forthcoming tournaments 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