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Boxing in Olympic Tokyo 2020

ATHLETE AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME

The Task Force has announced the establishment of an Athlete Ambassador Group to engage with, support and represent boxers. They will also collect valuable athlete input and feedback then report them to the Task Force. The purpose of this task force is to promote the athlete voice and representation in boxing, for Tokyo Olympic 2020 and beyond.

The Athlete Ambassadors will consist of 10 boxers, one man and one woman from every of the five regions, representing gender equality and global representation. Both 10 of them will be chosen from among nominations proposed by National Olympic Committees and National Federations on 30 September. They will be participated by additional athletes elected by their peers at each of the four continental events.   

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (PWC) TO MANAGE REFEREEING AND JUDGING PROCESS

To ensure the successful, fair and transparent delivery of the Olympic Qualification Events and the Olympic competition, the Olympic Boxing Task Force is currently deciding the appointment of PwC to independently oversee the process for choosing and evaluating boxing referees and judges.

The evaluation will be implemented prior to, and during, the five Olympic Qualification Events and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

This decision was build upon the successful management at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, where the partnership with PwC helped ensure the credibility, fair and transparency of refereeing and judging personnel as well as processes.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The establishment of the Olympic Boxing Task Force by the IOC Executive Board (EB) based on the recommendation of the IOC EB on 22 May, being approved by the IOC Session on 26 June. Which also means that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the IOC will be suspended and evaluated after Tokyo 2020. The decision was based on the suggestion of the Inquiry Committee founded by the IOC EB on 30 November 2018 over queries and concerns about AIBA in the areas of finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging.

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BOXING ROAD TO TOKYO 2020

The Olympic Committee of Tokyo 2020 has announced in June 2019 the schedule as well as the names of cities to host qualifying events for Boxing. There are 5 destinations to receive the honor.

There are 4 Continental Events and a final World Qualification Event will be organized between February and May 2020 allowing global boxers the opportunity to seal their places at the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament.
The World Qualification Event is a special event which will give athletes a second chance to those boxers who have not yet qualified for the Games.
The Qualification Events are guaranteed to be a world-class, fair and transparent pathway to the Olympic Games with equal opportunities and the best possible conditions for all National Olympic Committees.
The qualifying schedule strongly emphasis on legacy, as all five events hosted by former or future host cities or countries of Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games. The details are as follows:

Asia/ Oceania: WUHAN, China, from 3 to 14 February 2020. Venue to be confirmed later.

Africa: DAKAR, Senegal, from 20 til 29 February 2020
At Dakar International Expo Centre, Diamniadio

Europe: LONDON, Great Britain, from 13 til 23 March 2020 at Copper Box arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

America: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, from 26 March til April 2020 at CeNARD high-performance athletics training centre

World Event: PARIS, France, from 13 to 24 May 2020. Venue to be confirmed later.

There are a total of 286 athletes the same as Rio Olympic Games 2016; however, the number of female boxers tripled for Tokyo 2020 thanks to a major boost toward gender equality and in keeping with the enhanced quality and popularity of female boxing. The Tokyo tournament will feature 186 men and 100 women in comparison to 250 men and 36 women in Rio Olympic Games.

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HISTORY OF BOXING

Boxing is an ancient sport which was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC by the Greeks when players used soft leather thongs to bind boxers’ hands and forearms for protection. The earliest evidence for the existence of boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC. Later, in Rome, leather thongs were replaced by the cestus – a glove studded with metal which led to the death of one or other contestant. After the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing came to an abrupt end and only being resurfaced in 17th century in England. The England began organising amateur boxing officially in 1880. At that time, only five weight classes were contested namely Bantam, in which contestants not exceeding 54 kilos; Feather, contestants not exceeding 57 kilos; Light, contestants not exceeding 63.5 kilos; Middle, contestants not exceeding 73 kilos; and Heavy, contestants of any weight.

In 1904, boxing made its Olympic debut in St Louis, and the USA, the only country entered, took all the medals. Since then, the Americans continued to dominate the sport, winning 109 medals (including 48 gold) out of the 842, the second place belong to the Cubans and Russians. 

Since being included in the Olympic games, boxing has been included at each edition of the Games, except in 1912 in Stockholm, due to Swedish law, which banned the practice. 

The rules of boxing have evolved during the 1980s with protective helmet obligatory in 1984 in Los Angeles; set-up of an electronic scoring system to strengthen the objectivity of refereeing in 1992 in Barcelona and standardised point scoring in 2007. 

Despite the fact that the sport is rather violence, women’s boxing made its debut at the 2012 London Games in London, in which 11 men’s events was replaced by 10 men’s and 3 women’s events.