Amy Broadhurst releases statement in wake of rumoured Team GB switch

Amy Broadhurst releases statement in wake of rumoured Team GB switch

Dundalk boxing sensation Amy Broadhurst has released a statement confirming that she still intends to go to the Olympics and honour her dream.

The boxing sensation has won a number of titles in the light welterweight and lightweight divisions for Ireland and is seen as one of the country's brightest prospects.

However, last week, the 22-year-old was told by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association that she would not be going forward to the final Olympic qualifying tournament, which takes place in May.

After this speculation emerged, Broadhurst was on the verge of a sensational switch to Team GB in a bid to compete at the Olympics.

The IABA released their statement confirming the move, saying: "We were contacted by GB Boxing on behalf of Amy Broadhurst, who had indicated that she intends to seek a change of nationality in a bid to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games."

Broadhurst has also released her statement, confirming that she is keeping all her options open for now.

"I was left broken-hearted and completely devastated when I was informed by the IABA recently that I would not be assessed for selection ahead of the final Olympic qualifier in May and that my Olympic ambitions were effectively over.

"I have won World, European, and Commonwealth gold medals and remain the IABA's highest-rated boxer in the current World ratings, but my lifelong dream has been to become an Olympian. I have spilled blood, sweat, and tears over 22 years in the boxing ring in pursuit of that childhood goal.

"Since being informed of the IABA's decision, I have been exploring all options available to me to keep that dream alive. I will continue to do so because the flame of the Olympics continues to burn brightly in me, and I am determined to do everything in my power to become an Olympian.

"I have no further comment to add at this time.