Khan really wants to represent Pakistan after Olympic boxing ruling
KARACHI – British boxer Amir Khan on Wednesday hailed the choice to allow professional boxers in the approaching Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, saying he would like to represent the nation of his parents’ birth, Pakistan.
British boxer Amir Khan holds his WBC title belt in front of you press conference in Islamabad on December 24, 2014
Khan, born and elevated in Bolton, England, won a silver medal within the lightweight group of the 2004 Athens Olympic games before turning professional annually later.
But Wednesday’s ruling by boxing’s governing body in an remarkable congress in Lausanne, Europe that professional boxers can compete in the approaching Olympics in South america, rekindled Amir’s hopes for glory.
“It is a decision that we welcome,” Khan stated in a press conference in a marketing event in Karachi.
“It can help boxers and should i be allowed according to rules and from my promoter i then would like to compete for Pakistan.”
His father Sajjad Khan comes from Matore village near Kahuta, the place to find Pakistan’s nuclear facilities and near to the capital Islamabad. He migrated to Britain, where Khan was created in 1986.
Khan stated he’s roots in Pakistan and wishes to serve the nation.
“I’ll be happy basically can compete in Olympic games. I wish to serve Pakistan,” stated Khan, that has been scouting boxing talent in the united states during the last couple of years.
But Khan’s more youthful brother Haroon’s hopes for representing Pakistan within the 2012 London Olympic games after being snubbed in your own home were blocked by boxing’s governing body AIBA because he had symbolized The Uk at junior level.
Haroon had symbolized Pakistan within the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India where he won a bronze medal in flyweight event.
Seven Pakistani boxers will compete within the last qualifying models in Baku, Azerbaijan, however they stand little possibility of reaching the Rio Games.
Pakistan’s last appearance within the boxing event came in the Athens Games in 2004.
Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary Iqbal Hussain stated he was thrilled at the possibilities of Amir representing the nation.
“I must look into the rules whether Amir can compete or otherwise but it might be an enormous boost for all of us whether it is really because he’s our hero,” Hussain told AFP.