Pro box­ers can now com­pete at Olympics

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NEW DELHI: Pro­fes­sional box­ers can com­pete in the Olympics pro­vided they qual­ify for it, the sport’s world body said Wed­nes­day.

But In­dian Olympian Vi­jen­der Singh, who turned pro last June, was yet to de­cide whether he would be part of the con­tin­gent to Rio.

“I wel­come AIBA’s de­ci­sion to al­low pro­fes­sional box­ers to com­pete in Rio. I am yet to re­ceive de­tails. Since there is no fed­er­a­tion in the coun­try, I don’t know who will guide me on this,” said Singh, who won bronze in the 2008 Bei­jing Games. He said he was, for now, fo­cused on his WBO Asia ti­tle fight in Delhi on July 16.

The land­mark de­ci­sion got a mixed re­sponse with Mike Tyson call­ing it “ridicu­lous” while Manny Pac­quiao backed it.

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RE­PORT, P18

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