ASIAN Games bronze medallist Hozam Nabah, who has unofficially quit the sport, is likely to start his career as an assistant coach with the Qatar national team.
Hozam, who had won a bronze in light heavyweight category at the 2006 Doha Asiad, was for long the top boxer in Qatar.
However, he had been a tad slow and competing in lower weight categories in the last couple of years.
Even at the World Championships in Doha two years ago, he could not do much and failed to progress past the qualifying round.
“Age has caught up with him, but we want to use his experience by having him in our coaching team,” a senior Qatar Boxing Federation (QBF) official told Doha Stadium Plus on condition of anonymity. “He’s a source of inspiration for many youngsters in the country. I hope he can give them a good direction.”
In fact, Hozam had been contemplating a move to call it a day, but was unable to take a decision.
“Age is definitely a factor. I’m not young anymore and boxing needs youngsters,” said the 35-year-old.
“It had been a memorable journey and I’ve achieved a lot in the last one decade. It’s always a proud feeling to represent Qatar. It’s another challenge. I thank the QBF for giving me an opportunity to be associated with the team as one of the coaches,” added Hozam.