GB Boxing said the first female Olympic boxing champion, who
defended her 2012 flyweight title in Rio de Janeiro last year,
would not be part of the squad working towards Tokyo 2020 and
was free to pursue other career opportunities.
The only other woman to win two Olympic boxing golds, American
middleweight Claressa Shields, made her professional debut last
Ireland's Katie Taylor, a lightweight gold medallist in 2012,
has also turned professional.
"Nicola has made a huge contribution to both the Olympic program
and the sport of boxing and I would like to thank her for
everything she has done for GB Boxing since she joined the squad
in 2010," said GB Boxing's performance director Rob McCracken.
"She has won everything there is to win and her place in history
is secured as the first women to ever win a gold medal for
boxing and then top it by winning a second one in Rio."
"We would have welcomed Nicola staying on for the Tokyo cycle,
however we recognize her decision to pursue other opportunities
and wish her every success in whatever she goes on to do next,"
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)
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