‘I should have won medal for England’


Haroon Khan hits out at GB selectors as he secures boxing bronze

BOXER Haroon Khan bowed out of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi with a bronze medal – but claimed he should have won it for England and not Pakistan.

Haroon, younger brother of WBA world champion Amir, switched allegiance to Pakistan after he was snubbed for the games by GB boxing chiefs.

But despite a promising start in the games he was beaten in the semi-final stage by accomplished Indian boxer Suranjoy Mayengbam.

“My main aim was to come here and stand on that podium. I’ve got the bronze. I can put it next to my brother’s Olympic silver,” he said.

But he added: “I think I’ve proved my point to the selectors. There wasn’t a British boxer in my category in the semi-finals. I would love to see the selectors now. I should have won that medal for England.”

“My aim was to come here and stand on that podium and I’ve got the bronze medal – it means so much to me. I’m sure my family’s so happy with that. Now I can put my medal next to Amir’s Olympic silver medal.”

Khan said he was still aiming to compete in the London Olympics in 2012, again for Pakistan.


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