Boxing Road to Tokyo: Five Qualification Events Announced

The pathway to the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament was unveiled today with confirmation of the five Olympic qualification events to be held between January and May 2020.

  • Pathway to Tokyo 2020 includes four Continental Qualifying Events and one World Qualifying Event from February to May 2020
  • Wuhan (China), Dakar (Senegal), London (United Kingdom) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) to stage Continental Qualifying Events
  • Paris (France) to host the final World Qualifying Event
  • Emphasis on legacy: All events to be held in former or future Olympic or Youth Olympic host cities or countries

The Olympic Boxing Task Force announced the host cities and dates of the four Continental Qualifying Events and the final World Qualifying Event that will give boxers the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The sites were selected with legacy in mind, as all five qualification events will be held in former or future Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games host cities or countries. 

The five qualification events with host cities and dates were announced as follows:

  • Asia/Oceania: WUHAN, China, 3-14 February 2020
  • Africa: DAKAR, Senegal, 20-29 February 2020
  • Europe: LONDON, United Kingdom, 14-24 March 2020
  • America: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 26 March – 3 April 2020
  • World: PARIS, France, 13-20 May 2020

The following competition venues have been confirmed:

  • Asia: Hongshan Gymnasium, Wuhan
  • Africa: Dakar International Expo Centre, Diamniadio.
  • Europe: Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
  • America: CeNARD high-performance athletics training centre, Buenos Aires.
  • World: Grand Dôme, Villebon-sur-Yvette, Paris.

 “The qualification events announced today represent a fair and transparent pathway to the Olympic Games with equal opportunities for all National Olympic Committees,’’ said Boxing Task Force Chair and IOC Member Morinari Watanabe. “Everything is being done to provide world-class qualification events and to ensure the best possible conditions for the athletes.”

The continental athlete quota distribution in the qualification system is based on participation and results at the past two Olympic Games and two World Championships, to reflect the landscape of global boxing.

The final World Qualifying Event in Paris will give athletes a second chance to qualify, and will be open only to those boxers who have not yet qualified for the Games.

The qualification events will count towards filling the overall quota of 286 athletes for the Tokyo 2020 tournament – 186 places for men across eight weight categories and 100 places for women across five weight categories (compared to 250 men and 36 women in Rio).

While the total number of athletes has been maintained from the Rio 2016 Games, the number of female boxers has been increased by 178 per cent for Tokyo 2020, in a major boost for gender equality and in keeping with the enhanced quality and popularity of female boxing.

The full Tokyo 2020 Event Programme and Qualification System for boxing can be found here.

The Boxing Task Force was created by the IOC Executive Board to deliver the qualification events and the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament in collaboration with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. The Task Force is supported by a dedicated management team of boxing experts to help run the qualification events and the competitions at the Olympic Games.

The creation of the Task Force followed the recommendation by the IOC Executive Board on 22 May – approved by the IOC Session on 26 June – that boxing keep its place on the Tokyo 2020 programme, but that IOC recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) should be suspended, and then evaluated after Tokyo 2020.

 “Boxing preparations for Tokyo 2020 are right on track,’’ said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. “Athletes are at the heart of the Games and the Olympic Movement. This will be no different for the boxers. The IOC wants to minimise as much as possible the impact on the athletes who have been training and competing in preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The five world-class qualification events will give athletes the opportunity they need to qualify for the Games.”

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