European boxing qualifier suspended, all results to be valid when the competition resumes

17/03/2020

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) decided to suspend the Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, after the last bout of the third day of competition on 16 March.

The BTF eventually took the decision to suspend the event – as well as the subsequent Americas and world qualifiers – amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.

The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it aims to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June.

When it resumes, the European qualifier will pick up from where it was suspended. The official draw, conducted in London on 13 March 2020, and the competition schedule that resulted from this draw, will remain valid and will apply when the event resumes. Only those athletes who were still in the event at the end of the third day of competition will be eligible to participate when the competition resumes. The established results (recorded between 14 and 16 March 2020 in London) will be valid moving forward, and the 16 Olympic quota places earned on 16 March will be valid for the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Once again, the BTF would like to thank the host nations, the organising committees and all the participants involved for their support and tremendous efforts in dealing with this extraordinary situation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@olympicboxing.sport.



IOC Boxing Task Force suspends European qualifier in London and all remaining events until May

16/03/2020

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has decided today to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, and the subsequent Americas and final world qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

The European qualifier, which started on 14 March and was planned to run until 24 March, will be closed after today’s evening session.

Safeguarding the well-being of the athletes, officials and all other participants is a top priority for the BTF. Since the preparation phase of the event, the BTF has been working in close cooperation with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – the delivery body of the competition – as well as its stakeholders, its own medical experts and the national health authorities, to set up the necessary precautionary measures.

The BTF eventually took the decision to suspend the event today, amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.

The BTF will continue to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June. The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it will inform all stakeholders as soon as more information is available.

At the same time, the IOC is fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as was recently outlined again in the following statement: https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-statement-on-the-olympic-flame-lighting-and- the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020 .

The BTF would like to thank the host nations, the organising committees and all the participants involved for their support and tremendous efforts in dealing with this extraordinary situation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@olympicboxing.sport

(Find here the IOC Boxing Task Force Statement on the matter, in PDF format)



Great Britain’s Peter McGrail: “The quota is a proud moment for my family and my gym”

16/03/2020

Sixteen European boxers qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Great Britain earned two quota places. One of them was achieved by Great Britain’s European Champion Peter McGrail at the men’s featherweight (57kg) who accomplished his minimum target, the quota for Tokyo.

“I am really proud of the result and to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was also a very proud moment for my family, my home city and my gym, the Everton Red Triangle. I felt good going into the Qualifiers and had a really good training camp before the start of the event.

I was focused as always; I am in the competitions which is the most important factor in my successes. My opponent for the quota was a very good one from the Czech Republic, he had great movements, but I knew that I can beat him. He is a young talent, but I had the experience to win this contest.

I am expecting good opponents in the Olympic Games and a tough tournament as always. I am really excited to get to Tokyo and I know I have the skills to win these contests in Japan. I really hope that the Olympic Games go ahead as it planned,” said Great Britain’s two-time World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Peter McGrail after earning his quota place to Tokyo.



A bittersweet day 3: 16 quota places awarded for Tokyo 2020 but Olympic boxing qualifiers suspended from Tuesday

16/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic European qualifier has been suspended following the last bout of the day on Monday. For more information, please read the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF)’s statement on the suspension here.

It was an extremely long day in London’s Copper Box Arena, and there was a strange feeling in the air as all the fights took place behind closed doors. But the action did play out as scheduled – 55 bouts across five weight categories: women’s fly (48 – 51kg), men’s fly (48 – 52kg), men’s feather (52 – 57 kg), men’s welter (63 – 69kg) and men’s middle (69 – 75kg).

The first bout of the day, in the women’s fly (48 – 51kg), saw Poland’s two-time European Games medallist Sandra DRABIK beat Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetiana KOB. Drabik won the bout 5-0 with some good footwork and angled punches. After the fight, Drabik said:

“I knew my opponent from several previous events; we’ve already met four times before this important contest. I had to move better and I beat her with my footwork and speed. The next fight will be such an important one, and I’ll prepare the best tactics with my coach to realise my goal, which is the quota place for Tokyo.”

In the same weight category, Giordana SORRENTINO (ITA) put in a brilliant performance against number two seed Anush GRIGORYAN (ARM) to claim her second 5-0 victory of these qualifiers. It was the same score, and an important home win, for Charley-Sian DAVISON against her Irish rival, Carly McNAUL, in what was the 100th qualifying fight over the last three days.

Speaking immediately after her bout, Davison said: “It was nice to shake off the ring rust and get the first one out the way. Onto the second one now. I think I boxed well considering I haven’t done it in a while competitively. I’ve only had spars in training but that’s totally different to doing it for real, especially at an Olympic qualifier.”

She added: “I felt I could have been sharper, but I think the nerves were there a little bit. But the first one is always shaky, and now it’s out the way I can perform better next time. I’m always hard on myself and you’ve always got to improve on things; you never stop learning.”

The Republic of Ireland’s Michael NEVIN could be one of the dark horses of these qualifiers. The 2019 European Games bronze medallist used his longer reach against the Netherlands’ experienced Max VAN DER PAS in their middleweight (69 – 75kg) contest.

“I feel that I developed well in recent months after the tough preparation for the qualification event. I was taller than my Dutch opponent and our tactic was based on working from longer distance today. It was such a good fight, and I’m ready for the next one. I didn’t check my draw, just moving ahead step by step in this event, but I’m sure my coaching staff will have the right tactic in the next round,” summarised the Irish boxer following his 4-1 victory.

During the evening session, the first 16 quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were assigned: eight for the men’s fly (48 – 52kg) and eight for the men’s feather (52 – 57kg). Two boxers from the British boxing team earned their tickets to Tokyo – the first being the current light flyweight Commonwealth champion, Galal YAFAI, who got the better of his Russian opponent, Rasul SALIEV, with a unanimous 5-0 win.

After the victory, the Birmingham-born Yafai said: “I always give my best and, today, I showed that. I’m buzzing to come out with the win and my ticket to Tokyo 2020.”

Later on, the number one seed in the men’s feather category (52 – 57kg), Peter McGRAIL, showed his boxing skills in the ring with a comfortable win over Czech boxer Kevin GODLA. “I knew in the back of my mind I was good enough, and now I can tell people I’m actually going to the Olympics,” beamed McGrail, the 2017 European and 2018 Commonwealth champion from Liverpool.

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) made the difficult but necessary decision on Monday to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain – as well as the subsequent Americas and concluding world qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

The European qualifier, which started on 14 March and was planned to run until 24 March, officially closed after Monday’s evening session.

Find all the results from day 3 in London here: morning session 5A5B, evening session 6A6B.

Read the IOC Boxing Task Force statement on the suspension, in PDF format.



London’s LOC Statement on Boxing Road to Tokyo Qualifier

15/03/2020

Please find the original statement of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Boxing Road to Tokio European qualifier in London (GBR) here (click to open). The staement reads:

Due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has taken the decision that from Monday 16 March 2020 the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will take place behind closed doors. This unfortunately means that no spectators will be permitted to attend the event.

The decision comes into force with immediate effect and covers both the 12:00 and 18:00 sessions that are due to take place on Monday 16 March 2020 and all other sessions up until the end of the tournament.

The Local Organising Committee of the Boxing Road to Tokyo event understands the reasons for the decision and apologises to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause.

Any customers that also took out an insurance policy with TicketPlan when they purchased their tickets should contact the company direct via the TicketPlan website. The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifier will continue to be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and can be viewed at https://oly.ch/2vqhjng



A busy second day at the Copper Box Arena: 50 preliminary bouts in 5 weight categories take place at the European Boxing Olympic Qualifier in London

15/03/2020

A total of 50 bouts took place on Day 2 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Olympic Qualifier. The English capital is the stage where 318 athletes (219 men and 99 women) from 43 countries are competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events).

The opening bout of the day saw a dominant performance in Ring A from the Italian, Irma TESTA in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg); the current European champion beat a former European silver medallist – Sandra BRUGGER of Switzerland – with a unanimous 5-0 victory. Testa said after the fight:

“I felt good, it was my first bout and the first one is always the most difficult because of the tension. I am now very excited to have the chance to go forward in the tournament; I want to reach at least at the semi-finals and grab my pass for Tokyo.” The 22-year-old Italian added: “My next opponent will be Russia’s Liudmilla VORONTSOVA, who claimed silver in the last Women’s World Boxing Championships, but I defeated her in 2019. She’s more experienced, so I have to be at my best.”

In the Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg), Russia’s Gabil MAMEDOV advanced to the next round by defeating his Georgian rival, the U22 European Champion, Lasha GURULI. Mamdeov gave his thoughts after the bout:

“I knew the Georgian boxer well and I built up a strong strategy against him. The first round wasn’t perfect, but I received good advice in the break and improved from the second round. Now I am looking forward to my next bout here (which will be against the number-one seed, Hovhannes BACHKOV of Armenia)”.

Later in the Light Heavyweight (75-81kg), Switzerland’s 27-year-old boxer, Uke SMAJLI, overcame a points penalty, for using his head in the second round, to eventually beat Greece’s Polyneikis KALAMARAS, 4-1. In the same weight category, the tournament’s number four- seeded Umar DZAMBEKOV (AUT) suffered a surprise 3-2 loss. His Croatian opponent, Luka PLANTIC was cheered on by a number of local fans in the Copper Box Arena as he proceeded to the next round.

The 60th bout of the weekend came during the evening session in Ring A, where the number-one seeded boxer in the Women’s Welter (64 – 69kg), Busenaz SURMENELI (TUR), made light work of her opponent, Elina Orvokki GUSTAFSSON (FIN). It was a unanimous 5-0 win for the current world champion from Turkey.

In the same weight category, number 3 seed Angela CARINI (ITA), who won a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Russia, dominated her bout against the Irish boxer, Christina DESMOND, claiming a unanimous 5-0 win. It was the same result for 38-year-old Karolina KOSZWESKA (POL), who beat Madeline ANGELSEN (NOR). The Polish boxer had a 10-year professional career, took a hiatus and is now back as an amateur hoping to compete in what would be her final Olympic Games.

2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie ECCLES (GBR) lost her evening clash against number four-seeded Saadat DALGATOVA (RUS). It was a 4-1 split decision, with four of the judges scoring the bout 29:28 in favour of the Russian.

Find all the results from London’s day-2 here: morning session 3A3B, evening session 4A4B.

Today (Monday 16 March) will see another 55 preliminary bouts at the Copper Box Arena. However due to the changing situation with the coronavirus, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has made the difficult but necessary decision to hold the rest of the tournament behind closed doors, effective immediately. No spectators will be permitted to attend any of the remaining sessions. The action will begin today at 12 p.m. (find the detailed competition’s schedule here).

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier starts in London: 35 inaugural bouts at the Copper Box Arena

14/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifying event, which will see 318 athletes from 43 countries competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), kicked-off at the Copper Box Arena in East London.

Today, the outstanding 7,500-capacity venue located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bequeathed by the Olympic Games London 2012, hosted the first 35 bouts of the boxing qualifier.

Women’s Light (57 – 60kg)

Great Britain’s talented teenager, Caroline DUBOIS – the current Youth Olympic Games champion – was first in the ring for her fight against Belarusian Ala STARADUB. All five judges awarded Dubois the victory, even though the 19-year-old admitted afterwards she was “okay, not [her] best” and “can be much better”.

Right after Dubois’ victory, Greek boxer Nikoleta PITA caused a surprise upset by claiming a 4:1 win over the experienced and successful Delfine PERSOON of Belgium. After the fight, Pita said: “I knew my opponent was a professional world champion, so I used the best workable tactic against her, which was based on my footwork. Amateur boxing is different from professional boxing, and I used speed to beat her. I prepared well for this Qualifier and trained hard to accomplish my dreams.”

Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg)

The 24-year-old Italian Francesco MAIETTA suffered a 3:2 split decision defeat against the Czech Republic’s Kevin GODLA, while the Hungarian Roland GALOS won his fight by the same margin against Bosnia’s Alen RAHIMIC.

There was a rapid victory today for Ukraine’s three-time European Championships silver medallist, Mykola BUTSENKO, who won his bout in just 2 minutes and 46 seconds, after a cut against his Danish opponent Frederik JENSEN, caused a stoppage in the first round and the win was given via RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).

Five more bouts were won by unanimous 5:0 decisions today: Arslan KHATAEV (FIN), Samuel KISTOHURRY (FRA), Edgaras SKURDELIS (LTU), Tayfur ALIYEV (AZE) and Artur BAZEYAN (ARM) all advanced to the next round.

Men’s Middle (69 – 75kg)

Azerbaijan’s Kamran SHAKHSUVARLY won plaudits with his 4:1 win over Austrian Edin AVDIC; and a 3:2 split decision handed victory to Moldovan Andrei VREME against Kosovo’s Besart PIREVA.

Women’s Fly (48 – 51kg)

In the evening session, the two-time World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova KRASTEVA (BUL) returned to the ring after a one-year break to beat Aikaterini KOUTSOGEORGOPOULOU (GRE) – it was a familar feeling for the Greek athlete, who lost her quarter-final at last year’s European Games in Minsk to another Bulgarian, Gabriela Dimitrova.

It was comfortable 5:0 victory for the 19-year-old Italian, Giodrana SORRENTINO, who beat her German rival, Ursula GOTTLOB, to advance to the next stage.

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)

The last bout of the afternoon session and the 16th of the day, saw Danish boxer Morten GIVSKOV claim a 5:0 win against Romania’s Daniel BURCIU. The most eagerly-anticipated fight of the day was scheduled in the evening between the current Commonwealth Champion, Frazer CLARKE (GBR), and two-time Olympic silver medallist Clemente RUSSO (ITA). But the fans were left disappointed and concerned after the Italian withdrew with an abdominal problem, giving Clarke a walkover victory.

The European qualifying event on the Boxing Road t­o Tokyo will run until 24 March in London – the action will continue today (Sunday 15 March) with 50 more exciting preliminary bouts.

Find all the results from London’s day-1 here: morning session 1A1-B, afternoon session 2A2B.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



GB Boxing team targets Tokyo 2020 as Olympic boxing returns to London

13/03/2020

The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, is about to kick off in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012 that will be used again for this awaited competition.

A total of 318 boxers (219 men and 99 women) from 43 nations have registered to compete in the event which has 77 Olympic quota places at stake.  

Yesterday has been a great opportunity for the national media (among them also BBC and Sky Sport) to meet the 13 members of the GB Boxing Team (10 from England and 3 from Wales) that arrived this morning at the Arena and has been available for interviews and photos. Present this morning and ready to grab their ticket to Tokyo:

MEN

  • Galal Yafai – Flyweight (52kg)
  • Peter McGrail – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Luke McCormack – Light-Welterweight (63kg)
  • Pat McCormack – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lewis Richardson – Middleweight (75kg)
  • Ben Whittaker – Light-Heavyweight (81kg)
  • Cheavon Clarke – Heavyweight (91kg)
  • Frazer Clarke Super Heavy (+91kg)

WOMEN

  • Charley Davidson – Flyweight (51kg)
  • Karriss Artingstall – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Caroline Dubois – Lightweight (60kg)
  • Rosie Eccies – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lauren Price – Middleweigh (75kg)

The men are a young group in which seven out of eight have won at least one medal at a Major (European or World) Championship.

The 28 years-old and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Frazer Clarke, said: “It’s a dream of mine to go to the Olympics and I wasn’t just going to give up. I watch motivational videos about never giving up. I’ve put so much into this – 17 years of work. I have a partner and daughter I want to make proud. I am doing this not just for my future but our future.”

He also added: “The other two times I felt like I could have gone to the Games and got the experience. This time I feel like I am a serious competitor. I want to go as a serious competitor, lead the team into Tokyo, act as the elder, set an example and get a gold medal.”

The five women squad includes the recent Middleweight’s World Champion, Lauren Price, joined by the Featherweight World Championship medallist, Karriss Artingstall and 2019 European Championship bronze medallist, class 1996, Rosie Eccles in the Welterweight category.

The 19 years-old, Caroline Dubois, has never compete as a senior yet but has reached outstanding results as a youth: she won the gold medal at the Girls’ lightweight competition at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Also, she was named from the BBC, Young Sport Personality of the Year in 2019.

“Being 19 at the Olympics, God willing win the gold, that is not something many have done and is what I want to do. I want people to remember me as a great boxer. Not as one of the best female boxers but one of the best boxers, period. I want people to recognise that I am good and be inspired by me.” Dubois explains.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifying event in Buenos Aires suspended

11/03/2020

The IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) regrets to inform that due to the Coronavirus outbreak and recent measures taken by the Argentinian government, the Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifying event scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 26 March to 3 April has been suspended.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) informed the BTF earlier today that the government of Argentina has taken the decision to restrict all types of international events in the country with immediate effect as a precautionary measure to COVID-19.

The BTF understands and respects the decision taken by the public authorities of Argentina during this difficult time worldwide. We are searching for the appropriate solution for this unexpected situation and will immediately inform the National Olympic Committees, National Federations and other impacted parties as soon as further information is available.

We apologize for this unexpected occurrence and understand the inconvenience for all stakeholders, especially for our athletes and delegations. We assure you that the BTF is doing its utmost to find the best solution.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at buenosaires.qualifier@olympicboxing.sport



European qualifying event: Over 300 boxers competing for 77 Olympic quota places in London

08/03/2020

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, will take place in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012. The event follows the Boxing Road to Tokyo African and Asian/Oceanian qualifiers, held in Dakar (SEN) and Amman (JOR), respectively. 

A total of 342 boxers from 45 nations have registered to compete in the event. This number includes the Boxing Refugee Team, Malta and Monaco – all making their debuts in an Olympic boxing qualification tournament. The competition will feature eight men’s weight categories and five for women. Fifty Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places are available for men, and 27 for women.

With these figures, the qualifier is set to become the biggest Olympic boxing event to be held in England since the Olympic Games in 2012.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the sporting capital of the world, and it’s fantastic we’re hosting yet another world-class event. Londoners and visitors alike can look forward to a thrilling spectacle at the Olympic Park in March, as Europe’s best boxers compete for a place in the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, said: “Supporting the International Olympic Committee in delivering such an important event and ensuring that the athletes can pursue their Olympic dreams is something we are particularly proud of.”

Teams to watch in London

Europe is historically recognised as one of the leading continents in boxing. European boxers won four gold medals in the last edition of the Olympic Games, Rio 2016, and earned 8 out of 13 titles at the Olympic Games London 2012.

In London, several countries will be in the spotlight. Great Britain – the country where the first ever boxing event was recorded in 1681 – claimed Olympic gold medals in boxing in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016. The British team enters the London qualifier with 13 hopefuls, 12 of whom have claimed medals in recent world, European or Youth Olympic competitions. The Russian team has had the best performances in the current Olympic cycle, and is aiming to secure the maximum number of spots for Tokyo. Waiting for them in London will be Ukraine, which was the best nation in the Kharkiv 2017 European Boxing Championships and boasts some of the most experienced boxers on the continent. Ireland, France, Turkey and Azerbaijan are also listed among the nations to watch, as they have a long positive track record in the sport, both at continental and world level. 

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Boxing legend Klitschko announced as “IOC Boxing Task Force Champion”

19/02/2020

Atlanta 1996 Olympic champion Wladimir Klitschko (UKR) has been announced today as the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) Champion.

The super-heavyweight legend will join the BTF along with the 10 Athlete Ambassadors, who were nominated earlier this year in an effort to promote the athletes’ voice by engaging with the athletes face-to-face at the competition venues as well as through digital channels on issues that are most prevalent within the boxing community.

Klitschko will be engaging with athletes and fans at selected Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifying events, and across digital channels, helping the BTF to spread the values of boxing and fair play.

Klitschko said: “I had the chance of taking part in the Olympic Games in 1996. That participation was the origin of my further career – and in some way made me the person I am today. Now I want to give back what I received and support the initiative for boxers to keep getting the same chances I had and be part of the next Olympic Games.”

The BTF was created by the IOC Executive Board (EB) in June 2019. This followed a decision by the IOC Session to keep boxing on the sports programme for Tokyo 2020, but to suspend IOC recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) due to concerns over finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging.

The IOC EB gave the Boxing Task Force the mandate to organise and deliver the five qualification events for boxing and the Olympic boxing competition in Tokyo, and to develop a Tokyo 2020 qualification system for boxing. The overarching goal of the BTF is to minimise any disruption for the athletes and to create a clear, just and fair pathway for boxers to realise their dream of competing in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Tokyo 2020 tournament will feature 286 boxers (186 men, 100 women) competing in 13 weight classes (eight for men, five for women). Olympic Quota Places will be awarded during the Boxing Road to Tokyo, which comprises four continental qualifiers to be held in Dakar, Senegal (20-29 February), Amman, Jordan (Asian/Oceanian qualifier, 3-11 March), London, Great Britain (European qualifier, 14-24 March) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (Americas qualifier, 26 March–3 April). A fifth and last competition, the Final World Qualifying Event, will be held in Paris, France, from 13 to 20 of May.

The qualifiers will be broadcast by the Olympic Channel, through multi-platform coverage that will include live streaming of all bouts across all weight categories from the first day of competition through to the finals for each event. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide at olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile and connected TV devices. Find additional information and updates on the events at https://boxing.athlete365.org



Follow the action at the Boxing Road to Tokyo Qualifying Events

12/02/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo is about to kick off in Dakar (SEN), where the first of the five Boxing Qualifying Events for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held from 20 to 29 February. Three additional continental Qualifying Events will follow in Amman, Jordan (Asian/Oceanian qualifier, 3-11 March), London, Great Britain (European qualifier, 14-24 March) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (Americas qualifier, 26 March to 3 April). A fifth and last competition, the Final World Qualifying Event, will be held in Paris, France, from 13 to 20 May. There will be 278 Olympic quota places up for grabs at the qualifiers, and an additional 8 quota places will be assigned by the Tripartite Commission to qualify a total of 286 boxers for Tokyo 2020.

There are multiple ways to follow the action and join the conversation online:

Athlete365 / Boxing Corner

The main source of information for athletes and teams will be a dedicated page on the Athlete365 platform: Boxing Corner (boxing.athlete365.org), where stories and news, photo galleries and Olympic Channel videos will be posted, along with all relevant competition information such as the rules, schedules, draw-sheets and results.  

The page will be updated daily during the competitions, and it will provide a unique chance to follow the series of events.

Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel, the IOC’s global media platform, has announced coverage plans for the Boxing Road to Tokyo Series, as it will be the exclusive worldwide digital rights-holder for the five Qualifying Events. The Olympic Channel’s multi-platform coverage will include live streaming of all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories from the first day of competition through to the finals for each event. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices. (No TV or cable subscription is required to watch online.)

In addition to live streaming with commentary in multiple languages, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event from its Madrid headquarters.

The Olympic Channel’s live streaming schedule is as follows:

20-29 February, Africa: Dakar (SEN). Commentary in English and French;

3-11 March, Asia/Oceania: Amman (JOR). Commentary in English, Hindi and Russian;

14-24 March, Europe: London (GBR). Commentary in English and Russian;

27 March-3 April, Americas: Buenos Aires (ARG). Commentary in English and Spanish;

13-20 May, Final World: Paris (FRA). Commentary in English and French.

Social Media

The Boxing Road to Tokyo will benefit from extensive social media coverage, through the Olympic Channel, the IOC, and the Athlete365 social media platforms. Fans will be able to be part of the action by using the hashtag #Boxing, while competing athletes and teams can join the conversation through the dedicated hashtag #InYourCorner.



Boxing Road to Tokyo: Overview

12/02/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo is about to debut in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, where the first of the five Boxing Qualifying Events for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – the African continental qualifier –  will be held from 20 to 29 February.

The event is being organised by the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF), in cooperation with Dakar’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Senegalese National Olympic Committee.

The IOC Boxing Task Force

The BTF was created by the IOC Executive Board (EB) in June 2019. This followed a decision by the IOC EB and Session to keep boxing on the sports programme for Tokyo 2020, but to suspend IOC recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The IOC EB gave the Boxing Task Force the mandate to organise and deliver the five qualification events for boxing and the Olympic boxing competition in Tokyo, and to develop a Tokyo 2020 qualification system for boxing.

286 boxers will qualify for Tokyo 2020

The overarching goals of the BTF are to minimise any disruption for the athletes and to create a clear, just and fair pathway for boxers to realise their dream of competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 tournament will feature 286 boxers (186 men, 100 women) competing in 13 weight classes (eight for men, five for women). After the African Qualifying Event about to start in Dakar, three additional continental Qualifying Events will follow in Amman, Jordan (Asian / Oceanian qualifier, 3-11 March), London, Great Britain (European qualifier, 14-24 March) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (Americas qualifier, 26 March to 3 April). A fifth and last competition, the Final World Qualifying Event, will be held in Paris, France, from 13 to 20 May. There will be 278 Olympic quota places up for grabs at the qualifiers, and an additional 8 quota places will be assigned by the Tripartite Commission to qualify a total of 286 boxers for Tokyo 2020. A summary of the Qualification System for Tokyo 2020 can be found here.

The rules

In line with the mandate of delivering the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Events and the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and considering the importance of focusing on the athletes, the IOC Boxing Task Force has complemented existing AIBA regulations with specific amendments to deliver its commitment to transparency while minimising the impact on boxers. The rules that will apply to the five qualification events and the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament are published on Athlete 365.

How to follow

The main source of information will be a dedicated page on the Athlete 365 platform: the Boxing Corner (boxing.athlete365.org), where previews, reviews, photo galleries and Olympic Channel videos will be posted along with all relevant competition information such as the rules, schedules, draw-sheets and results.

The Olympic Channel, the IOC’s global media platform, has announced coverage plans for the whole Boxing Road to Tokyo Series. The Olympic Channel’s multi-platform coverage will include live streaming of all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories from the first day of competition through to the finals for each event. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices. (No TV or cable subscription is required to watch online.) In addition to live streaming with commentary in multiple languages, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event from its Madrid headquarters.

The Boxing Road to Tokyo will benefit from extensive social media coverage. Fans will be able to be part of the action by using the hashtag #Boxing, while competing athletes and teams can join the conversation through the dedicated hashtag #InYourCorner.