British-born Bangladeshi boxer Al Safwan Uddin’s hopes of representing Bangladesh was thrown in doubt after the Bangladesh Boxing Federation left him out of the 11-member Bangladesh men’s team for two upcoming international events.
Safwan, a 19-year-old expat, grabbed the gold medal in the 60kg weight category of the 29th National Boxing Championships by defeating Mohammad Rakib of Bangladesh Ansar in February.
After the gold-medal winning feat Safwan had expressed his interest of representing Bangladesh in international meets.
However, the federation left him ignored for two competitions in Thailand and Mongolia in July
‘I worked hard under my manager [CC Evanelou] for the forthcoming competitions,’ Safwan told New Age over phone on Wednesday.
‘But I learnt that the Bangladesh Boxing Federation didn’t consider me for these tournaments.’
‘I have a dream of participating in the qualification round of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but I don’t know how I will fulfil my dream now.’
Safwan’s father Joblu Uddin said they were ready to bear his travel expenses from England to Dhaka if he was selected but still he was left out of the side.
‘We don’t know why the federation officials ignored him [Safwan],’ Joblu said.
Safwan decided to turn a professional boxer next year.
‘Once he will turn into a professional boxer, he would not be allowed to compete for Bangladesh. This is why he wanted to compete for Bangladesh and wanted to bring something for his country.’
Bangladesh Boxing Federation’s newly elected general secretary Mazharul Islam Tuhin said they didn’t consider Safwan for two different reasons.
‘When he took part in the national championship at that time we were not in charge. We learnt that the former officials hatched a conspiracy to make him champion,’ Tuhin said.
‘He was not that impressive and we have many boxers similar to his standard. Moreover, the federation doesn’t have the ability to bring him for the trial with our own cost. But, yes, we can consider him in future if necessary,’ he said.
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