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Expired boxing equipment in despair

  • Published at 11:43 pm August 14th, 2020
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The punching bags at Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium in Dhaka Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Before the Covid-19 pandemic postponed all sports in Bangladesh in March, the national boxers at Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium were using punching bags bought during the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka

Expired essential equipments, like boxing pillow, and unfit condition of the boxing ring at the country’s prime boxing stadium in the capital are depriving the boxers from getting the nominal training facilities.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic postponed all sports in Bangladesh in March, the national boxers at Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium were using punching bags bought during the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka.

“The federation has 10 boxing bags left but all of them are out of date and inappropriate for use. We are also short of gloves. The boxing ring set up during the 1980s is also almost unsuitable,” Kajol Dutta, treasurer of Bangladesh Amateur Boxing Federation, told Dhaka Tribune Friday.

“Gloves, bags, shoes and pads arrived before the last SAG in Dhaka, since then no new boxing equipment has been provided by National Sports Council. We informed NSC several times, twice since last year, that we need equipment, but to no avail,” he added. 

When asked if the federation had tried on its own, Kajol talked about their financial limitation.

 Photo: Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

He informed that current general secretary of BABF, Mazharul Islam, brought some punching pads and gloves before the 2019 SAG in Nepal, but they are not enough in number.

Lack of equipment at the hub of the game is perhaps just a mere shadow of the overall scenario outside the capital. 

Bangladesh’s only silver-medalist in boxing at the 2019 SAG, Robin Mia talked about only one boxing bag available for some 20 boxers, including five national boxers, in Rajshahi.

“We four-five national boxers - Sajib Hossain, Arif Hossain, Jewel Ahmed, Sajid Hossain - practice at Railway field of Rajshahi along with some eight-10 locals. We have 12 pairs of gloves and five pairs of punching pads, but only one bag from Modern Boxing Club, to practice,” Robin said over phone.

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