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Thulasi and Nuraydin for Solidarity Games

THULASI Tharumalingam and Hakan Murst Nuraydin will represent Qatar at the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 12 to 22.

Thulasi and Nuraydin failed to qualify for the AIBA World Championships after their disappointing show at the Asian Confederation Championships at the same venue last week and they will be keen to return home with some success.

“We hope our boxers return with medals from the Games. It’s going to be a tough challenge since there’ll be boxers from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and African nations,” said Qatar Boxing Federation President Yousuf Ali Al Kazim. 

The official, who also heads the Qatar Wrestling Federation, said Qatar needed more time. 

“We must work really hard to produce talented boxers. Our development programme focuses on different age categories, but we need time as most juniors quit the sport after a couple of years,” Al Kazim lamented. 

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