South African physio to accompany Indian boxers to Beijing

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New Delhi, Jul 26 (UNI) The IOA today accepted the demand of the Indian boxers to include South African physio Heath Matthews in the contingent for the Beijing Olympics.

''The Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) thanks the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for having acceded to our request of including the world famous South African physiotherapist Heath Matthews to accompany the boxing contingent to Beijing,'' IBF secretary general Col PKM Raja said in a statement.

''This wonderful gesture will certainly pay rich dividends in India's quest for a podium finish for the pugilists at Beijing,'' he added.

Matthews has played a crucial role in the recovery and rehabilitaion of bantam weight puglist Akhil Kumar, who is one of the contenders for a medal at Beijing.

''He saved my career. Had it not been him, I am not sure whether I would have recovered from the wrist injury. I am sure Matthews' presence in Beijing would be of great help, not just for me but also for the entire team,'' Akhil said.

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