'I'll be ready when they call': Winwood punches ticket to Tokyo amid Olympic uncertainty

No matter when they decide to hold the Olympic Games, Mandurah's Alex Winwood will be ready for them.

The young boxing star was overcome with emotion as he achieved his lifelong dream earlier this month, qualifying for the world's biggest sporting event in what was the culmination of more than seven years of hard work.

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Competing at the qualifiers in the Asian nation of Jordan, Winwood punched his ticket to Tokyo at the very last minute as he powered to victory against an Iranian opponent in the final round of a box-off.

The Mandurah legend went into the last round trailing by a point, but willpower saw him to the goal he had chased so hard for so long.

"No matter what, I wasn't losing that fight," he said.

"Things haven't exactly come easy to me in my boxing career, but at that moment I knew I wasn't going to miss this chance.

"I've been on the wrong side of that decision too many times - it wasn't going to happen again."

Winwood eventually nabbed the win with some huge blows in the late stages, but no punch could hit nearly as hard as the emotions he felt post-fight.

"I've never felt a wave of emotions like that my entire life," he said.

"When I heard the call I let out a shout and a fist-pump, but then I just dropped to the floor.

"I've worked seven years for this. I missed the qualifier in Azerbaijan in 2016, and to think of all the work that's gone into this since then, it was just an amazing feeling."

But while Winwood has secured his spot to compete at Tokyo, he may have to wait an extra year for that honour with the games likely to be postponed after both Australia and Canada pulled the pin for 2020 on Monday morning.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) was on the front foot as they made it clear they would not send athletes to Japan this year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take hold.

"We have athletes based overseas, training at central locations around Australia as teams and managing their own programs," AOC chief Matt Carroll said in a statement.

"With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation."

But for athletes like Winwood, it's simply another roadblock to cross when the time comes.

"The way I see it, I just need to be flexible, stay in peak shape and it gives me an extra year to get better," he said.

"No matter what happens, I'll be ready when they call."