Indian boxers eye medals at Pak meet

“We have no security concerns, the focus is on boxing and the rest is in the hands of our hosts,” Indian coach Shiv Singh told reporters after landing here.

Sanjay Singh (51kg), Naresh Singh (91kg) and Parnoj Singh (81kg) will compete in the event that will also feature boxers from Cameroon, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar and China.

Pakistan Boxing Federation chief Doda Khan Bhutto said more than 5,000 security personnel would be deployed around the tournament venue and hotel where the teams would be staying during the event.

“The government is aware that after a long time, we are hosting such a big international sporting event and we want to ensure it is held smoothly and successfully as this would pave the way for more teams to come to Pakistan in other sporting events as well,” Sindh sports minister Muhammad Ali Shah said, speaking to reporters here.

Shiv Singh advocated resumption of sporting ties between India and Pakistan.
“Pakistan and India must compete against each other, more so that they can improve and win more laurels at the international level,” Singh said.

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