The President of the International Amateur Boxing Association, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has said there is a "very limited opportunity" for Ireland's Joe Ward to qualify for the Olympic Games via the Tripartite Commission invitation.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Paul O'Flynn at the Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, Dr Wu said that Ireland had six qualified boxers, which is quite a big number.
He added: "So whether Tripartite will accept the country that already has so many boxers to the Olympic games? Tripartite will consider (Joe Ward). "He's not qualified, so it goes through the Tripartite and (there is) very little opportunity."
Ward missed out on qualification after defeat at the European qualifying tournament in Turkey in April.
The objective of Tripartite Commission Invitation places is to allow a number of countries with only a few athletes qualified to participate in the games.