Dakar to host Africa’s Paris 2024 Boxing continental qualification tournament


The second leg of the boxing qualification pathway to Paris 2024 will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from the 9th through the 15th of September 2023.

The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the African continent, with 18 Olympic quota places up for grabs (11 women, 7 men) in 13 events.

The boxing tournament, organized by the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), will take place at the Dakar Arena in Diamniadio, on the outskirts of the capital city. The venue – which will be one of the sporting hubs of the 2026 Youth Olympic Games – was inaugurated in 2018 and has already hosted several national and international sports events, including the African Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in 2020.

Dakar’s tournament will be the second of the five continental Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournaments, with the first being the 2023 European Games in Krakow, Poland (44 quota places, 22 women, 22 men). The qualification path will then continue at the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China, from the 23rd of September to the 8th of October 2023, where 34 quota places will be distributed (20 women, 14 men). The Pan American Games (20 October – 5 November 2023, in Santiago, Chile) will qualify the best 30 boxers from the Americas (16 women and 14 men), while 13 quotas will be awarded at the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where the last boxing qualifier of the year will be conducted between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December.

Two World Qualification Tournaments, to be held in the first and second quarters of 2024 (dates and locations to be confirmed), will serve as additional qualification events, offering NOCs with up to three possibilities to secure tickets to Paris. According to the Paris 2024 Qualification System for Boxing, only National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that have not yet qualified an athlete in a specific weight category via the respective continental qualification tournament will be allowed to enter one athlete per weight category.