Boxing champion Amir Khan donates proceeds from the sale of his shorts to Peshawar school

Amir Khan celebrates his 12-round unanimous decision over Devon Alexander during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 13.

Boxer Amir Khan will donate a pair of 30,000 pounds (S$61,700) shorts to the Peshawar school in Pakistan where 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen earlier this week.

Khan wore the shorts, featuring a waistband made from 24-carat gold thread, in a unanimous points victory over American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas which helped him retain the WBC silver welterweight title at the weekend. 


Amir Khan (left) donating the shorts that he wore during his championship fight last weekend. Photo: AFP

 

 

“It was just very sad to see innocent kids being killed, I can only imagine what the parents are going through.  - Amir Khan speaking to BBC radio

His decision to donate the proceeds were widely praised on social media. 

 

 

 

 

“I want to donate the shorts for the Peshawar cause, rebuild a school and strengthen security around the area.

“We are very lucky in England. We have good security and I will be able to send my little girl to school and know she will be fine but in Pakistan you cannot do that,” said Khan.

“They send the kids outside the house and do not know if they are going to come back.”

Source: Reuters, Twitter

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Sad Christmas: Burglars steal presents from 5-year-old US boy with brain cancer

Burglars in Missouri have ruined Christmas for a five-year-old US boy with brain cancer.

They broke into the boy's apartment on Wednesday, headed straight for his room and looted two televisions, a Play Station 4 and some new games.

Many of these gifts had been donated by a hospital charity.

The criminals had to have known what to expect and where to find it – they ignored the mountain of presents in the living room and made a beeline for Kamareon Smith's room, reported USA Today.

'Fighting for his life'

Kamareon was diagnosed with cancer eight months ago.

His mother, Quinetta Smith, has to pay for his weekly chemotherapy treatments, and has trouble making ends meet.

Khou.com quoted the single mother as saying: "Came back to my house (with) the door being kicked in open and the stuff being gone.

"I'm struggling with taking care of my sick child who's fighting for his life."

She added: "They (the hospital charity) adopted him and brought him multiple gifts and things for him to have a good Christmas.

"And the one thing that he likes to do – watch TV – his TV is gone."

Sources: USA Today, Khou.com

FAS to review Bernd Stange's report on Suzuki Cup failure

The dust has settled and the hard questions asked.

In some cases, the knives have even come out.

And now, national coach Bernd Stange’s day of reckoning could soon arrive.

The New Paper understands that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) executive committee will  meet on Dec 29, exactly a month to the day the Lions were knocked out of the AFF Suzuki Cup at the group stage by Malaysia, at the National Stadium.

The exco will discuss a number of topics, one of them being a review of the Lions’ failed defence of their Asean crown, based on a report filed by Stange.

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 19.

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She won the women's 100m freestyle final in 56.38 seconds at the Singapore National Swimming Championships last night at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, making the South-east Asia (SEA) Games "A" qualifying mark of 56.63 in the process.

But Quah Ting Wen was not a happy woman when she spoke to the media afterwards.

The 22-year-old said: "I was hoping to do a low 55-second swim. I started well, but I couldn't bring it home in the last 25 metres.

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