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Olympic aspirants to train in Vietnam

Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand chief General Thaweep Jantharoj has expressed confidence that three more pugilists, including 2004 Olympics gold medallist Manus Boonjumnong, stand a good chance of joining the five-member squad for next year's Beijing Games.

Published on December 22, 2007

Thaweep said that Manus, Suriya Prasarthinpimai and Angkarn Chomphu-phuang will travel to Vietnam for intensive training in preparation for the Olympic Qualification Asian Zone meet at The Mall Ngarmwongwan's MCC Hall beginning on January 26.

Somjit Jongjorhor, Amnart Ruenruang, Non Boonjum-nong, Sailom Ardee and Pichai Sayotha have already qualified.

 "Our boxers will be able to train without disturbance in Vietnam. I'm sure Manus, Suriya and Angkarn are capable of making the cut for the  Olympics," Thaweep said.

"Non and Pichai will also accompany the squad to Vietnam as training partners, while Kammanit Nareerak has been assigned as training supervisor," he said.

"We are not underestimating any rivals. I'm confident that Thailand can maintain their success of winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal like we achieved in Athens."

Athens silver medallist Worapoj Petchkoom will train at home, while Team A boxers who will not compete in the Olympic qualification meet will be fielded in the International Boxing tournament in Iran.

According to Thaweep, the International Boxing Associa-tion has already decided to increase one more Olympic quota in the light welterweight class from two to three.

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