World heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has discredit reports that he was denied the opportunity to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympic Games.
It was reported that Joshua had reached out to the Nigerian boxing authorities to represent the country at the Beijing Games but was denied because he came in late after the trials had been judged.
The 31-year-old then went ahead to represent the Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games on home soil, where he won gold medal.
However, Joshua in an interview on Tuesday rejected the report saying he couldn’t remember such happened.
He stated that just like Britain gave him the opportunity in 2012, he was sure Nigeria would have given him the same if he was interested in flying the country’s flag.
Joshua said, “I honestly can’t remember, I would have represented Nigeria, I represented Great Britain, I had no problem competing for Great Britain at that time, and it was easy.
“I am sure Nigeria would have accepted me as well. I don’t think I have any issue, none that I can remember, but definitely I would have competed for Nigeria as well. Nigeria would have definitely opened their arms and supported me for sure.”