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Boxing: Future of Olympic boxer debated

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posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 06:50 AM
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The outcry over the Olympic selection of a convicted child killer grew on Tuesday with the Prime Minister and a former Olympian wading into the row.

The executive of Boxing New Zealand will meet on Tuesday night to discuss the fallout from its decision to nominate Soulan Pownceby.

Pownceby served four and a half years in prison for the manslaughter of his baby daughter in the 1990s and has since faced several other assault charges.

The chairman of Boxing New Zealand, Keith Walker, says it does not regret its decision but will hold a conference call to discuss the matter.

Criticism of the decision has come from as far up as Prime Minister Helen Clark, who says Pownceby must publicly come clean about what he has done, otherwise New Zealanders will not take any pleasure in any success he has.


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