International boxing sensation Amir Khan has urged Doha College students to work hard to fulfil their dreams during an exciting visit to the Al Waab campus on Thursday 22 October.
Mr Khan, the current holder of the WBC silver welterweight belt, dedicated an hour of his time to meet and answer questions from Doha College secondary students, his sole school visit while in Qatar.
Principal Dr Steffen Sommer said Mr Khan had extremely positive and inspirational messages for the students, many of them members of his enormous fan base.
Dr Sommer said:
I want to thank boxing champion Amir Khan and financial advisory firm Globaleye Qatar for their time today.’
‘Amir is an excellent role model for our students—he is extremely active in youth sports and is working through the Amir Khan Foundation to assist underprivileged children in West Africa. Amir’s dedication to sport and charity work with children is an inspiration especially as Doha College is also committed to supporting and unlocking the potential of youth.’
The two-time former world champion and British Olympic boxer is working with the Penny Appeal to build a community complex for 100 orphans in The Gambia, one of the world’s poorest nations. The complex will include a community centre, school, clinic and small orphan homes, each with a dedicated foster mother to provide care and love to the children.
Mr Khan was at a training camp in Qatar in the wake of the World Boxing Championships and was a guest of the Qatar Boxing Federation, AIBA and Globaleye – Qatar.
Mr Khan said he chose to visit Doha College as it was a world-class education institution. He said:
Doha College is an extremely well respected education provider.’
‘Through Globaleye, I am thrilled to be aligning myself with two top-tier organisations – Globaleye and Doha College.’
‘Globaleye assists clients in achieving their financial goals and, similarly, Doha College provides students with the environment to reach their full learning potential.’
The motto at Doha College is Excellence for All, Excellence from All, which reinforces a focus on identifying and unlocking every student’s potential. This is similar to my training philosophy as I am forever striving to further identify and unlock my boxing potential to enable me to become the very best I can be.’
Year 10 Doha College student, Taha, described Mr Khan as ‘calm, relaxed and very down to earth’.
Year 9 student, Faizaan, said ‘what you see is what you get’. Faizaan also added:
He was not loud and was very humble. He could persuade people to be more than the can be.’
Idress, Year 8, said Mr Khan was ‘someone to look up to’.
Read also Marhaba’s featured article ‘A Conversation with Amir Khan‘