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I'd love to carry Olympic torch on the way to 2012 games -- Carruth

DUBLIN Olympic boxing hero Michael Carruth has said he would be honoured to carry the Olympic torch if it travels through Ireland on its way to London 2012.

Plans are already in place for the torch to be brought through parts of the North but hopes are now high that it will come to the Repubilc.

The Olympic Council of Ireland has already made representations on the issue, and it is now waiting for an announcement by the International Olympic committee to see if its plan will be given the nod.

Many sporting names have been rumoured to be on the short-list of possible torch-bearers, and gold medal winner Carruth (43) has said he would be delighted to be part of the celebration if he was asked.


"It would be an honour to do it, absolutely, but nobody has been in touch because the Olympic Council are still waiting for word as far as I know," Michael told the Herald.

"But there's lots of others there who should be in with a chance too, like Ronnie Delaney, Eamonn Coughlan, John Treacy and Wayne McCullough," he added.

Carruth won the welterweight gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. His was Ireland's first-ever gold medal in boxing, only a couple of hours after teammate Wayne McCullough had to settle for the silver in bantamweight.

Today, the Olympic Council of Ireland said it hoped there would be a final decision in the next six to eight weeks.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he had spoken with British Home Secretary Theresa May on the issue. "At this moment, I'll simply say it's a realistic possibility and a matter that is under discussion," he said.