African Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event to open the Road to Tokyo in Dakar (SEN)


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.

The best boxers of the African continent – 221 athletes from 39 nations – will be competing at the Dakar Arena for 33 Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places.

Dakar’s best 11 female and 22 male boxers will indeed be awarded a qualification slot for the Games:

Weight categories (kg) Quota places Weight categories (kg) Quota places
Fly (48kg to 52kg) 3Fly (48kg to 51kg) 3
(52kg to 57kg)
(54kg to 57kg)
Light (57kg to 63kg) 3Light (57kg to 60kg)2
(63kg to 69kg)
(64kg to 69kg)
(69kg to 75kg)
(69 kg to 75kg)
Light Heavy
(75kg to 81kg)
Heavy (81kg to 91kg) 2
Super Heavy (+91kg) 2
TOTAL 2211

This will be the biggest international boxing event ever organised in Senegal, and a great opportunity for the host nation of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games, also to be staged in Dakar.

The spotlight is on the home team, Senegal, chasing glory on home turf. One of their strongest contenders will certainly be Morocco, the nation that topped the team standings at the 2019 All Africa Games in Rabat. Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria and Tunisia also earned at least one boxing gold medal each at last year’s multisport event, and will try their best to stand out once again during this year’s African Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.

Across the five women’s events, statistics show us that Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia are the nations to watch when it’s down to the medals, but D.R. Congo, Mali, Mozambique and Uganda have been developing strong programmes over the last few years and are expected to show their best during the event.

Follow the action live

The event will be live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, 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.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each continental qualifier can be found here.

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