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.
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.