FAQs

What is the Boxing Task Force responsible for?
Besides organising the boxing Olympic qualification events, the Boxing Task Force is studying every possibility to ensure that the pathway to the Olympic Games is clean and fair. The goal is for the correct boxers to win the medals they deserve at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Is AIBA still the International Federation of the sport?
Yes. AIBA has had its Olympic status suspended, but it remains the governing body of boxing. However, AIBA does not have any direct influence on the organisation, supervision or any level of decision-making in the Olympic boxing qualification events and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Is the IOC working with AIBA?
The IOC has established a Boxing Monitoring Group, chaired by Nenad Lalovic, to keep track and evaluate the work done by AIBA, since the suspension of AIBA’s recognition. This group is the main source of information to the IOC Executive Board on the development of AIBA’s affairs but does not work alongside AIBA.
Should my country not take part in AIBA events?
The IOC does not prevent or discourage any participation of any delegation or individual in AIBA events. AIBA is still considered the International Boxing Federation and, for this, is still responsible for the development of the sport, as well as, the governance and well-being of boxing.
Will AIBA be once again recognized after Tokyo 2020?
No decisions have been made and will not be made on this topic until the conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
What are the technical and competition rules to be used in the qualification events and in the Olympic Games?
The IOC Boxing Task Force has complemented existing AIBA regulations with specific amendments to deliver its commitment to transparency while limiting changes which impact on boxers. Please check the Qualification System Page for the up-to-date Event Regulations.
Will any remaining boxing qualifiers Technical Rules be changed/modified? If yes, when will the participating NFs and Technical Officials be informed?
There are no current plans for changing any of the Event Regulations. If we were to make any changes, they would certainly be published and circulated. It must be noted that the rule changes and adaptations made by the BTF prior to the start of the qualifiers had the intention to increase transparency and general credibility, while avoiding changes that would disturb the dynamics of the bouts.
Will professional boxers be allowed to take part in the Olympic Games?
No distinction will be made between athletes of any code of boxing, in accordance with the current AIBA rules. However, all boxers must comply with the WADA anti-doping code, as well as the age limits in accordance with AIBA eligibility rules.
Will boxers who attain the age of 19 in 2021, be allowed to compete?
Yes. In consultation with its Athlete Ambassadors and experts, the BTF decided to confirm the same lower age limit criteria set by previous rules, meaning that all athletes competing in any event taking place in 2021 must be at least 19 years old in the year of the event. Therefore, all boxers must be born by 31 December 2002 in order to compete in the remaining Olympic Qualification Events and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, all of which will take place in 2021.
Who will be the equipment supplier for the Olympic Games Tokyo2020?
The Boxing Task Force has appointed Taishan as the sole supplier for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. They will be supplying training and competition rings, the gloves and head guards to be used in competition, and several other training and competition-related sport equipment. All Olympic qualifiers will have sport equipment supplied by Taishan.
What is the Olympic quota distribution per qualification event?
The number of Olympic quotas was officially announced in June 2019, together with the Boxing Qualification System. The number of quotas per event (weight class) and per qualifying tournament can be found in this document. Information on tripartite quotas and host country quotas can also be found there (please see Qualification System section).
Is the competition schedule for the Olympic Games in 2021 published? Are there any changes from the original schedule?
The competition schedule has been published. You can find it here. No changes were made from the 2020 version, beside the natural change in dates. The warm-up area at the Tokyo test Event was very small, will there be a different area for the Olympics keeping in view social distancing norms? If social distancing demands so, an alternative solution will be implemented. Otherwise, the Warm-up area will remain the same. We remind that, during the Test Event, the area was used as both Warm-up Area and Training Venue, which increased the number of individuals in the space considerably.
Can the Olympics be further postponed?
As of now, there are no plans for a second postponement of the Olympic Games. The BTF is not working with this possibility.
Are the dates finalised for continental and World Olympic qualifiers?
No. Due to the current developments of the pandemic, the BTF has recently communicated that the pending events are scheduled to take place in the following months: • Europe: April/May 2021 • Americas: May 2021 • World Final qualifier: June 2021
Will there be a change of venue/country for remaining qualifiers?
The current plan is to maintain the 3 remaining qualifying events in their original host nations.
How many rings will be used in the upcoming qualifying events?
All pending qualification events are planned to take place in a 2-ring format.
For the qualifiers that are yet to start (Americas and World Final), can the NF replace the boxers that were originally registered or only the boxers already registered may participate?
For the qualifiers that are yet to happen, registrations will re-open and NFs/NOCs will be able to alter their original registrations.
For the restart of the European qualifier, can the NF replace the boxers that took part in the Official Draw in March 2020?
For the restart of the European qualification event, an Athlete Replacement Policy has been established covering the possibility of athlete substitutions. You can find the Policy in the General Info and Forms section of the European Road to Tokyo area of this website.
Will there be a new selection policy in case the qualifiers are unable to be held?
Contingency plans have been discussed but every effort is being made for all the remaining quota places to be earned through the remaining qualifiers.
Why has the ranking not been updated after the Asian-Oceanian Qualifier?
As initially communicated, the BTF World Rankings will only be updated after the last continental qualifying event is concluded and prior to the start of the World Final Qualifier. Subsequently, it will be updated again following the conclusion of the World Final Qualifier.
In case a boxer already qualified for the Olympic Games has to withdraw due to medical reasons, can the respective country participate the same category in the World Qualifier?
If a NOC choses to withdraw any name from their list of confirmed Olympic quota and enter another individual in the respective weight category in the World Final event, they may do so with no explanation needed. They must only comply to the registration deadline set forth on the Team Handbook to be published.
Who will be the referees and judges at the qualification events?
Only AIBA certified referees and judges will take part in the Olympic Qualifying Events and in the Olympic Games. However, the selection process for the referees and judges will be different, enhanced by the evaluation of individuals and a thorough education programme.
What is the methodology of selection of Referee/Judges for the remaining Qualifiers?
The same as for the continental qualifies that have taken place: • Quality control based on previous experiences and evaluations • Background checks • Continental balance (numbers per continent) • Random draw amongst eligible officials • Availability You can find a summary of the Technical Officials Selection process here: https://boxing.athlete365.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/IOC-Boxing-Task-Force-Technical-Officials-Selection-Process-Summary_Jan_2020.pdf
How are the performances of the R&J evaluated during the BTF events?
The judges’ scores are measured against the Evaluators’ and the Observer’s scores round by round. Every performance of R&Js generate a personal score in a point system that determines if the individual is on par with his peers or has underperformed, which may generate automatic suspensions.
Is there any penalty for any mistakes/incorrect decisions made by R&Js?
Yes. Above all, any unethical behaviour leads to an automatic disqualification of the official. Mistakes considered as underperformance are met with a warning or a suspension from the next session(s). Multiple offenses lead to full withdrawal from the event.
Will all the R&Js of London qualifier be called again, or will there be a restriction on number of qualifiers that can be attended by an RJ?
For the restart of the European qualifier, there will be a new draw of Technical Officials, including Referees and Judges.
Will the selection of the R&Js for Tokyo Olympics be only amongst the R&Js participating in the Final World Qualifier?
No. The selection of R&Js for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will not be limited to only those participating in the World Final qualifier. For Tokyo 2020, the best officials will be selected based on their performance at the qualifying events, considering a continental balance.
What is an Athlete Ambassador?
The Athlete Ambassadors are a group of boxers, representing all continents with the objective of engaging with and representing boxers. This group will provide valuable athlete input and feedback to the Boxing Task Force, and promote the athlete voice and representation in boxing.
Where can I find relevant information for athletes and officials on COVID-19?
The IOC constantly monitors COVID-19 and shares the most updated and accurate available information through a dedicated Athlete 365 Coronavirus section containing the latest information. At this site, you can find information on numerous related topics, including training schemes before full opening of training facilities, mental health and the last anti-doping information from WADA and the ITA.
How can my boxer apply for funding through Olympic Solidarity?
In summary, all applications must come through the National Olympic Committees, so the first step is always to reach your NOC and query about opportunities.
What type of programmes are there in Olympic Solidarity?
In the athlete section of Olympic Solidarity, there are 4 main programmes that offer funding to competing athletes in individual sports: • Olympic Scholarship for athletes: scholarships for elite athletes who have the level to potentially qualify for Olympic Games • Continental Athlete Support Grant: support (often via training camps) for athletes who have the level to participate in continental competitions (Pan-American Games, Asian Games, etc…) • Youth Athlete Development: support for young athletes who have the level to participate in international youth competitions (Youth Olympic Games, etc…) • Refugee athlete support: Similar to the Olympic scholarship for athletes but for recognised refugees (by UNHCR) in their host country.
How does Olympic Solidarity work?
All the programmes work on a quadrennial basis and we are reaching the end of the current one (2017-2020). NOCs have a designated budget to work with, and most NOCs have fully used the current resources and have no further opportunities this year. We still recommend that all NFs directly contact their NOC from early 2021 to see if they could apply for one of the programmes above on behalf of their boxers. More information can be found on Olympic Solidarity and the programmes on https://www.olympic.org/olympic-solidarity-world-programmes

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