Wladimir’s Olympic hopes in doubt


KIEV: 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.
The 38-year-old, 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. Steward subsequently died in October of 2012. “It was our joint dream with Emanuel (Steward) and I hope I will be able to fulfil it," Klitschko said. “I already have an Olympic title and it would be terrific to repeat this experience 20 years later." Klichko, who has lived in Germany since the 1990's, had the chance to take German citizenship and represent the country at the Olympics but he also failed to inform Germany's boxing association about his intentions in time. 

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