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Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko's Olympic hopes in doubt

Published on Apr 29, 2014 6:39 AM
 
Ukrainian born world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, who won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, said he spoke to his former coach, Emanuel Steward, during the 2012 London Olympic Games and that he had encouraged him to box again in Rio.. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's hopes of competing in the 2016 Olympics have been dealt a blow after he failed to get permission to take part in his country's qualifying competition.

The executive board of the Ukrainian national boxing federation have never given permission to either Klitschko or his older brother Vitali to take part in qualifying for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, meaning he has missed the deadline, according to the R-Sport news agency.

"The possibility of the participation of the Klitschko brothers in Olympic qualifying as professionals is something that has never been examined," Ukraine's boxing federation press service stated.

That comes as a blow to the 38-year-old, who had earlier been quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying: "I hope that international amateur boxing's ruling body will be kind to me, and that I will have enough health and motivation to perform at the Olympics in two years time."

 
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