By Alan Hubbard

Terry_Edwards_Dec_8December 8 - Terry Edwards (pictured), the head coach controversially axed after Britain's most successful boxing Olympics in Beijing, is to make a comeback in a key role for London 2012.

It will be announced this week that he has been appointed technical operations manager for the London Games, with responsibility for overseeing all technical aspects of the boxing tournament and the requirements of competitors, coaches and officials.

During his eight years in charge of Britain's boxing squads the former London cabbie masterminded a record number of Olympic, world and European medals but after his third Olympics in Beijing, where Britain won a gold and two bronze, he was told by the newly-constituted GB Boxing that his contract was not being renewed.

Since then he has been in involved in coaching schoolkids and as a consultant to the Ghana Boxing Federation.

Edwards is currently in Los Angeles where he has been invited to look at the ailing US amateur boxing set-up.

Another invitation has come from world champion Amir Khan, whom he mentored to a silver medal in the Athens Olympics, to visit him at his Los Angeles training camp and attend his title defence against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday.

"I am thrilled to be involved in my fourth Olympics and honoured to be part of the team delivering the boxing event in 2012," Edwards told the Independent on Sunday.

James DeGale, who turned professional after his Olympic gold two years ago, said: "I'm delighted for Terry, he deserves it.

"It is good news for the Olympic boxing tournament."

Edwards takes up his new job on January 4.

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