By Ryan Waugh: Haroon Khan is still hoping to make next year’s Pakistan Olympic boxing team and has filed an appeal against his ban from the International Boxing Association.
Khan, 20, was informed by the AIBA that he would not be allowed to box for Pakistan and this would ultimately jeopardise his chances of boxing in the London games. The reason why he was unable to represent Pakistan was that he had already represented England as a youth in 2009.
However, in 2010 he received a dual national passport for both the United Kingdom and Pakistan and decided to put his allegiance to his second country. Khan had only represented England as a youth and it seemed that he could still choose to represent another country if he was eligible.
With his older sibling taking all the plaudits at the moment he is currently waiting anxiously to see if the AIBA will reverse their original decision regarding his involvement at next summer’s games.
However, his father Shah Khan was particularly optimistic that the appeal process would bring good news and said: “The Pakistan board of commission say things are looking good, we have a strong appeal and are hoping for a positive response after the World Championships.
“I do feel though that somebody has complained or said something to trigger this situation off in the first place and there’s no reason why we won’t be victorious in our appeal.”
Boxing is engraved in the DNA of the Khan family and Shah sees no reason why his youngest son cannot follow in the footsteps Amir and achieve Olympic success if successful. He said: “We won’t get a final decision until after the World Championships but he can definitely emulate Amir next summer.
“He proved he was good enough for the British squad as he beat the British guy in India to win Bronze at the Commonwealth games, like a lot of young boxers for Britain, he has been unfairly overlooked.”
October 3, 2011