Klitschko, Pacquiao may compete at Rio 2016

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An Extraordinary Congress is set to be held by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in May to pass new rules that would allow top professional boxers like Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
AIBA President C K Wu confirmed to insidethegames that top of the agenda at the meeting would be to discuss amending the world governing body’s statutes in time to make Rio 2016 eligible to every boxer.
“In my mind this is a real important step for boxing in the Olympics,” Wu told insidethegames.
Wu stressed, however, that any boxer interested in competing at Rio 2016 would have to go through the AIBA’s Olympic qualifying tournament.
The impetus for changing the rules comes from the International Olympic Committee adopting Agenda 2020, whose Recommendation 9 declares the intention of “ensuring participation by the best athletes”.
Wu claimed there is a lot of support for the plan, which was the main point to emerge from two days of meetings held at Old Trafford in Manchester, where several of AIBA’s Commissions met to discuss the future of the sport.
Since Wu was elected President of AIBA in 2006, it has already dropped the word amateur from its official title, removed vests and headguards from international men’s events and launched competitions such as the World Series of Boxing and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), where athletes could be paid and retain their Olympic eligibility.
Also, under new rules introduced in 2013, professional boxers became able to go to the Olympics provided they had had fewer than 15 paid bouts and signed a short-term contract committing themselves to AIBA’s professional arm, APB.
Amending this rule will be the last barrier to stopping boxing at the Olympics becoming fully open.
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Source:: PM Newspaper