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Lausanne, Switzerland (dpa) - Professional boxers will be able to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a vote Wednesday in Lausanne by the International Boxing Association AIBA.

Eighty-four of 88 member associations approved a constitutional change which could lead to professionals fighting for medals at an Olympics for the first time.

Professionals would still have to qualify by August 5 for the August 6-21 Games.

AIBA president Wu Ching Kuo said: "At the moment it is difficult to say how many professionals would be in Rio but there are some who want to qualify."

Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has in the past expressed an interest in competing again at the Games after winning gold as a super heavyweight at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

The Ukrainian‘s immediate focus though is on a return world championship bout against Britain‘s Tyson Fury on July 9.

Twenty-six Olympic start places are up for grabs at a qualification tournament in Venezuela next month.

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