LONDON: British boxer of Pakistani origin Amir Khan has expressed his desire to become sports minister of Pakistan for promotion of sports in the country as he believes that Prime Minister Imran Khan has done nothing in this regard.
During his interview with a Geo TV reporter, Amir Khan praised PM Khan as a “great sports player and a great politician but,” he said, “he has not done anything for sports.” In the same interview, he boasted that he was the only person who had done anything for sports in his ancestors’ land.
The Britain boxer said he was introducing local boxers at international level and he wanted to set up more boxing academies here, but he was not getting the required support for that.
He alleged that a government minister visited his boxing academy, clicked some pictures and did nothing for the facility.
“There should be at least 10-15 boxing academies in Pakistan because there are so many boxers in Pakistan but nothing’s happening so that’s why I said that Imran khan, being a sports man, he is not really backing sports”.
Amir Khan said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was more supporting than the current PM, as the former provided him the boxing academy, but the latter made no assistance.
In May this year, former cricketer Javed Miandad had criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for trying to abolish departmental cricket in the country.
He had made these comments during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. He was flanked by hockey great Islahuddin Siddiqui and squash maestro Jahangir Khan.
“Me, Islahuddin, Jahangir [Khan] and Saleem Jafer, we are all the products of this [departmental] culture,” said Miandad, who has been campaigning against Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) purported plans to scrap departmental cricket.
Addressing his former teammate, Miandad said you also played in the same system yourself.