Amir Khan has revealed he wants to represent Pakistan at the Rio Olympics this summer.
On Wednesday, the International Boxing Association announced that professional boxers would be allowed to compete in this year’s Games following a vote.
Khan, who last month was knocked out by WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, rose to prominence after winning a silver medal with Great Britain at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, aged only 17.
“It’s a decision which I welcome,” he said at a press conference in Karachi. “It will help boxers and if I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan. I will be very happy if I can compete in the Olympics. I want to serve Pakistan.”
While Khan was born in England, the former WBA world super lightweight champion’s father hails from a village just outside of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary Iqbal Hussain expressed his delight at Khan representing the country.
“I have to check the rules whether Amir can compete or not but it would be a huge boost for us if it happens because he is our hero,” he said.
However, Khan’s younger brother, Haroon, was not allowed to represent Pakistan at the 2012 Olympic Games in Rio after competing for Great Britain at the junior level.