Ramadan Mubarak. British High Commissioner Thomas Drew CMG joined British Olympic champion boxer Amir Khan to open the Amir Khan Academy at the Islamabad Sports Complex in Islamabad, Pakistan….reports Asian Lite News
The new venue is Amir Khan’s first boxing academy in Pakistan. “Amir Khan is inspiring the next generation – in Pakistan and in the UK – themselves to achieve in life,” said
High Commissioner Thomas Drew. “I too therefore am very proud to be taking part in the opening of his academy in Islamabad – the first in Pakistan.
“As I said at the beginning, boxers and Ambassadors are very different beasts. What we do, however, have in common is our desire to help Pakistan, the 6th biggest country in the world, unleash its full potential. And we both recognise that in this fast growing country – where nearly 60% of the population is under 23 – that means investing in its youth.
“The British Government’s biggest development programme anywhere in the world is in Pakistan. And the biggest bit of that is in education. Only yesterday I opened a new British Council library for young people in Lahore and a new digital library for others across Pakistan. And we, like Amir, recognise through our programmes the power of sport – though I won’t claim to have anything like the pulling (or punching) power that he has.”