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Ivan 03-17-2010 05:34 PM

Badr Hari: 2012 Olympian?

K-1's Golden Boy Badr Hari is apparently considering an interesting move. Sources indicate that Hari has been approached to represent Morocco as a boxer in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. According to Simon Rutz, Hari's manager and the head of It's Showtime, Badr is considering accepting the offer and views it as a great honor.

Hari himself alluded to this idea a few months ago in an interview before his fight with Mourad Bouzidi:

Is boxing your cup of tea? Because it was said that you have plans to represent Morocco at the Olympic Summer Games in London (2012) in amateur boxing. Is that true?

Yes, we're working on it but it's not easy to realize this dream of mine. Negotiations are still going on.

But the qualifications for the Olympics already start at the beginning of next year.

Yes, but that's no problem. First of all, the Commission has to agree with me being an amateur boxer. We already had several conversations with the Olympic Committee and they will decide if I will be in consideration for it.
That would be cool..

Toxie 03-17-2010 11:33 PM

TBH, I'm glad that he's being considered for it, but wouldn't want him to do it, because then he'd have to take time off of kickboxing, where I enjoy watching him.

Good find!

King JLB 03-18-2010 01:44 PM

I think he's a fantastic striker but he utilizes kicks an awful lot. I'm sure he'd have success but I can't see him winning a gold medal...

I agree with Toxie, I'd much rather see him in K-1.

maierjak 03-20-2010 01:42 PM

He'd probably get angry over the lack of action and start to kick his oponent.:thumb02:

limba 04-01-2010 07:30 AM


Originally Posted by maierjak (Post 1138716)
He'd probably get angry over the lack of action and start to kick his oponent.:thumb02:

Good one.
But i don't think it will happen.
He will focus on becoming the K1 Champion.

xeberus 04-13-2010 03:14 AM

Nay sir!

I dont want to see him in the olympics. He's a great kickboxer and I'd be all for him to go to the olympics as a kickboxer.. but thats not the case. Its an entirely different game, this is from a guy who started as a boxer and is currently a kickboxer.

tudodude 04-13-2010 11:13 AM

Very bad idea.

He is a kick boxer. Top notch am-boxers will make him miss A LOT and beat the snot out of him.

Ivan 07-13-2010 01:19 PM

Badr Hari Still Looking Towards Taking Part in the Olympics

Back in March, we reported on the news that Badr Hari was considering representing Morocco in the 2012 Summer Olympics as a boxer. Now, it looks like that idea is one step closer to becoming a reality.

On May 22, Hari attended the Olympic Qualifying boxing tournament in Marrakesh. This event determines who represents Morocco in the 2012 Olympics. Hari met with officials, and was invited into the ring, where he was presented with an official team jacket. Footage of Hari in the ring is available in the full entry.

Short of an official announcement, this is as clear a sign as we can get that Hari is indeed still actively pursuing this opportunity, and that there is a very real chance we will see him in an Olympic ring. Both Hari and Moroccan officials have said that they want Hari representing them in London. The hurdle has been whether the Olympic Committee will deem Hari an "amateur" boxer (a requirement for Olympic boxing), or if his professional kickboxing career will disqualify him.

Of course, it is important to note that this footage is from May 22 - before Hari's disqualification in Amsterdam, before his involvement with the police escalated, and before the very public accusations of being involved with organized crime. How this will impact Hari's Olympic bid remains unknown, though it certainly can not help. Even if Morocco offers him the spot, they still need the ruling from the Olympic Committee, and if the committee has not yet made that ruling, Hari's recent negative actions and press could easily sway the vote against him.

Personally, I suspect much of Hari's legal matters will need to be sorted out before he is officially given a spot. A fighter who has fled the police, been involved in a very serious public assault, and now is gaining a reputation as a part of organized crime does real damage to the Olympic brand, and the IOC is fiercely protective of that brand. Boxing has not been a focal point of the summer Olympics in recent years, so it's entirely possible Hari's involvement would blow over with little discussion. But his name will draw increased interest towards this event, and this is a story that the media could eat up. Of course, a media with less knowledge of his history could easily be sold the same "redemption" storyline kickboxing fans were presented with in the wake of the Bonjasky DQ, and the Olympics is a huge industry that surely would appreciate a boost in one of their more overlooked events. So the Olympics faces the same double-edged sword Hari brings to all organizations - with Badr Hari you get a big name that increases public interest, but also the potential for a powerfully negative story. Is it worth it?
The way things are going he should be happy just to get out of this mess he got himself into lately.. Get your act together Badr (i am the last person in the world who should be telling him that though)..

Ground'N'Pound5 07-13-2010 01:52 PM

would be cool really but he aint a boxer, hes a kickboxer. without his kickboxing technique he would lose. boxers will make jelly outta him unless he can prove he can box with the best

Ivan 07-13-2010 02:01 PM

Sure he would want gold but i hope he is also realistic and would be just happy to participate..
unless he devotes himself completely to boxing in the next 2 years of course and does something worthy there..
If he wants to represent Marocco without any scandals that is..

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