Khan has welcomed the International Boxing Association’s [AIBA] decision to grant professional boxers the right to qualify for Rio 2016
Amir Khan has welcomed the move to allow professional boxers to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics and admits he “would love” to fight for Pakistan this summer.
At an extraordinary congress on Wednesday, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) voted in favour of the motion to grant professional fighters eligibility for the Olympics – as Press Association reported in February.
The World Boxing Council and British Boxing Board of Control have been critical, but it will be for each country’s national federations to choose whether this is something they wish to pursue.
GB Boxing oversees Great Britain’s Olympic boxing programme, and has refused to rule out exploring the option of taking a professional fighter to Rio, but it appears Khan will not be one of them.
Khan, who rose to prominence in 2004 when he claimed gold for Great Britain at the Games in Athens, is instead looking into the possibility of representing Pakistan, the country of his father’s birth.
The 29-year-old’s younger brother, Haroon, was not allowed to represent Pakistan at London 2012 having already featured for England as a youth boxer but Khan is still keen to pursue the option.
Speaking at a press conference in Karachi, Khan is quoted as saying in several national newspapers: “It will help boxers and if I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan.
“I will be very happy if I can compete in the Olympics. I want to serve Pakistan.”