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Women to represent UAE for first time at Asian Boxing Championships

Date : 17 Apr 2019

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 17, 2019: Fahima Al-Faqi and Hanan Al-Zeyoudi will make history when they become the first female boxers to represent the United Arab Emirates at the Asian Boxing Championships, which gets underway in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

Their appearance in the international ring follows the official approval of the Muslim hijab by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) at its executive committee meeting in Istanbul in February.

Flyweight Fahima Al-Faqi trains in Dubai while her younger teammate, 24-year-old lightweight Hanan Al-Zeyoudi, will represent the city of Sharjah and its police force.

The Emirati female duo have been training alongside their male counterparts at an intensive 14-day training camp in, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The UAE men’s boxing squad comprises Hazza Al-Gallaf, Saab Mirza, Ahmed Mohsen and Ahmed Al-Shomaily.

The UAE was first represented at the Asian Boxing Championship in 2017 by a male boxer.

“UAE has never sent any women boxers to any international event. This will be history and an important milestone to develop women’s boxing in the country,” the International Boxing Association said in a statement.

The Asian Boxing Championships will be held simultaneously for men and women for the first time when Bangkok hosts the continental showpiece’s 30th edition from April 19 to 27. The women’s Asian Championship has had seven editions so far, the last being held in Vietnam in 2017.

“For the first time in the history of the event, both genders will be attending at the same time in Thailand’s capital,” the Asian Boxing Confederation said in a statement.

The Championships will be held in 10 weight classes for both men and women.

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