IN a worst-case scenario Katie Taylor will have to reach the lightweight final at the AIBA World Championships in China next month to guarantee qualification for the 2012 Olympics, WRITES BERNARD O'NEILL.
This, however, can only happen if all four semi-finalists are from Europe.
Four Olympic places are available for the Europeans at Taylor's weight in the championships, which will be the only London qualifier for women boxers. It has emerged, however, that in conjunction with the Continental Quota System, just three places can be won in competition. The fourth berth will be awarded by invitation.
If Taylor, who will be aiming for her fourth World title in-a-row, reaches the semi-finals and there are three other Europeans in the last-four, she may still not have qualified for London.
However, if she lost at that stage to the eventual gold medalist, that would secure her place. Ideally, the earlier Taylor's European rivals depart, the quicker the Bray boxer can qualify.