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Tunisian boxing duo want Olympic medal glory

Sunday, August 07 2016 by SNTV
  • Hassen Chaktami and Bilel M'hamdi, Tunisia's two boxing representatives at Rio 2016, say they are not put off by the turmoil within their boxing federation on home soil during their preparation for the Olympics, and are both determined to reach the podium as they spoke on Saturday at the Athletes' Village.

    1. 00:00:00:00 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Hassen Chaktami, 91kg boxer:
    "I hope so, I hope so. I came here to box, to box like a man and do whatever is necessary and to achieve something either for myself or my mate. I hope one of us will get a medal"

    2. 00:00:21:22 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Hassen Chaktami, 91 kg, boxer:
    "Actually we didn't prepare much, it was only for short period. There were some problems to do with the technical staff and the federation, They changed the head of federation and then we had new technical staff. The previous coaching staff were not of high quality, but now we have good coaches. They are working very hard and want to take boxing to where it should be. The new technical staff has been in place for six months but they have done a great job qualifying two of us. Although it could have been more."

    3. 00:01:07:03 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bilel M'hamdi, 56kg boxer:
    "I am really happy to have made it to the Olympics, I have tried before many times but I was unIucky to lose. In fact I did not lose - they plotted against me. This time luck was with me and I qualified and hopefully I will do my best and the rest I leave to God. I hope to win a medal to make my family happy, Tunisia and all the loved ones."
    4 00:01:44:03 SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Bilel M'hamdi, 56kg boxer:
    "We, Hassan and I, came here aiming for the podium, we came to get a nice result and to reach the podium. In my mind it's the podium that will honour my country and my family."

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