LAHORE - Pakistan boxing team will get the unique opportunity of giving final touch to its preparations to Glasgow Commonwealth Games by getting useful tips from world welter weight boxing champion Amir Khan.

"Our team will be getting 20-day training in the personal gym of Amir Khan who has assured his all-out cooperation to impart training to the Pakistan boxing team for the mega event being held from July 23,” said Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) secretary Iqbal Hussain here on Tuesday.

He said Amir had accepted the request of the PBF to allow the Pakistani boxers to use his gym and get useful tips from him to improve the level of their game to produce good results in the Games. “Nine-member Pakistan boxing contingent comprising six boxers, two coaches and one manager will be featuring in the Games,” he said.

Ibqal disclosed that Amir, who will be visiting Pakistan between June 15 and 20, will also be watching the performance of Pakistan boxers at a training camp in Karachi. "We are very thankful to the boxing maestro for extending his full support and cooperation to Pakistan boxing."

He said the PBF would bear the expense of 20-day boarding and lodging facilities in England at its own as Amir would be providing free of cost gym and training facilities.

He said at the moment two national training camps to prepare for the Games were functioning in Karachi and Quetta respectively. "In all, eight boxers are getting training at Karachi under supervision of coach Alu Bukhsh and nine are preparing at Quetta under the guidance of M Tariq,” he added.

He said the final line of the Pakistani team would be announced on June 30 as the accreditation process of all the boxers attending both the camp has been completed by the international Olympic committee recognised Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) headed by Lt Gen (r) Syed Arif Hasan.

“Despite financial constraints, Pakistan team had so far participated in three major international boxing tournaments including Asian, World and Asian Youth Championships as the POA helped us to participate in the these events with the backing of IOC and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA),” he stated.

He said some quarters were trying to create confusion by announcing boxing tournaments and training camps giving a wrong impression that they would be sending their teams broad for taking part in international boxing tournaments approved by International Boxing Federation (AIBA).

"They are just wasting their time as no boxing team or any other team belonging to any discipline can participate in international activity without the approval of IOC-recognised POA", he said.

“Our prime objective is to promote Pakistan boxing and that is why we are taking every measure to ensure the participation of our team in every elite boxing event abroad,” he concluded.