KUWAIT: The ASBC Asian Schoolboy Boxing Championships 2019 Kuwait will come to a close today under the patronage of President of Kuwait Olympic Committee Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad.

There will be 14 final matches starting from 33 kg to 70 + kg categories, and the Uzbekistan team seems to be the one that win the most gold medals as its boxers qualified in all 14 weight categories. The Kazakhstan team comes after the Uzbeks for competing for first place, after losing hope of competing for four gold medals, while the Indian team is third as eight boxers qualified for the finals, while the Ryrgyz team is fourth in expectations as only five boxers qualified for the finals.

Vice President of the International Boxing Association, President of the Asian Boxing Federation Anas Al-Otaiba said the continental tournament achieved its goals adding “we witnessed during the days of competitions various levels most of which reflected the development Asian boxing is witnessing in all of Asia’s countries which created an optimistic atmosphere and urge for more efforts to reach the best ranks in the game during the upcoming events.

Al-Otaiba said the reasons of the various levels is due to the difference of experience between one country and another as there are countries who allocate more time for boxers than others which creates a difference in the technical level, that apart of the existence of academies for boxing. He said the current tournament promises that Asian boxing will compete for top places at the international level within few years.

Al-Otaiba thanked the President of Kuwait Olympic Committee Sheikh Fahad Nasser Al-Sabah for his patronage of the Asian tournament, and PAS and its Deputy Director General Dr Saqer Al-Mulla as well as President of KBF Mohammad Mansi, contributed to the tournament’s success.

By Abdellatif Sharaa