London: British boxer and silver medallist at the Athens Games in 2004 Amir Khan has decided not to pursue the chance of representing Pakistan at the Rio Olympics in August this year.
Amir Khan has always been keen to represent Pakistan at the international level as it is the country of his parents’ birth. According to The Guardian, the boxer is still recovering from the vicious 6th round knockout punch from Saul Alvarez in his last WBC middleweight title fight at Las Vegas last month.
The International Boxing Federation AIBA had earlier ratified the eligibility of professional boxers to participate in the Olympic games but Amir Khan was risking a two year ban had he made the move and took a part in these prestigious games because of the restrictions placed by the World Boxing Council.
Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao, as well as the 2012 gold medallists Vasyl Lomachenko and Zou Shiming, have all decided against the opportunity to compete at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil.