Medal winning boxers warmly welcomed in Quetta

QUETTA: Boxers Naimatullah Khan and Mohammad Waseem, who won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the South Asian Games, were warmly welcomed on reaching their ancestral city Quetta on Saturday.

President Balochistan Boxing Association Syed Faqir Hussain, other office-bearers, boxers, players and fans in a large number were present at the Quetta airport who showered rose petals on the medal winning boxers on their arrival through a PIA flight.

Provincial minister for sports Mir Shahnawaz Maree also arrived here with the boxers through the same flight.

Talking on the occasion, medalist boxers Naimatullah Khan and Mohammad Waseem said that they are very happy on their achievement at the SAF Games.

They said they secured medals for the country and they would work hard in the same spirit to win more medals in future.

Silver medalist Waseem said that justice was not done with him in the final as he was winning the contest against an Indian boxer.

Provincial minister Shahnawaz Maree said that the boxers would be eencouraged in every possible manner.

On this occasion, he announced cash prizes of Rs200,000 each for both boxers and promised to give them full financial assistance like athlete Naseem Hameed, who made a name of the country at the SAF Games.

The minister said that he would also request the governor and the chief minister of Balochistan to announce a financial assistance for the two boxers.