Kitchener's flyweight boxer Mandy Bujold learned Monday morning her hopes of fighting for Canada in the London Summer Olympics are over.
The International Olympic Committee’s Tripartite Commission chose Brazil's Erica Matos, a lower-ranked boxer in the 51-kg division, to represent the Americas. Matos is ranked 22nd in the world, while Bujold is ranked 19th, according to the the Switzerland-based International Boxing Association.
In a move that surprised few, Bujold's friend Mary Spencer, the three-time world champion from Windsor, was chosen as the wild card in the 75-kg category.
The news ends a weeks-long roller coaster for Bujold, who had been waiting on a decision on wild cards since she lost her opening round bout at the world championships in China last month. Multiple deadlines for decisions came and went, leaving the 24-year-old in a frustrating limbo.
Bujold, the seven-time national champion and 2011 Pan American Games champion, is trying to keep a positive outlook on the decision. We'll catch up with her after a training session this afternoon.
"Looks like my Olympic Dream for 2012 has come to an end! Wild card spot in 51kg was given to Brazil! 4 more yrs before I get my chance!" she tweeted Monday morning.