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British boxing team ready to head to Beijing tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2008

by Anni Lam

“Our team is ready to move to the Beijing Olympic site tomorrow,” said Terry Edwards, team leader of the British Olympic Boxing Team.
Edwards added that it actually was the first time in his experience that he would actually take the team to a complete Olympic circle, saying that most of them (boxing athletes) had been in the national squad for many years, so this was the “first time for our group of talented boxers to stay for the Olympic circle.”
Having an interview with the media yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau, the British boxing team leader told the media that it was just simply because of the commitment and making the full potential to drive the team to the Olympic stage, that has got them there.
“Now they fulfil their dreams and they want better, to take it to 2012 [Olympic Games in London],” said Edwards.
Frankie Gavin, a 60 kg lightweight boxer described their training in Macau was, “what we have been doing in the last few months, just a lot of training.”
“My expectation is just to get the gold,” added Gavin.
Billy Joe Saunders, a 69 kg welterweight boxer said that the facilities were “really good” and the training in so far was “going well”.
Only by putting in all their effort, Khalid Yafai, a 51 kg flyweight boxer added that it [the Olympic Games] could become a kind of experience and could happen “only once in a life time”, therefore one should just “believe in yourself.”
Edwards continued that he just wanted to keep the team “very positive” and focus on what was coming ahead.
“We are now less than a week to the Beijing Olympic Games….what's happened in the present stage, is that we keep our mind on the job that we've got in hand,” he added.
Great Britain has won 13 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze medals in previous Olympic Games for boxing.

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