Boxing

Olympic boxing qualifiers cancelled, postponed due to travel challenges in pandemic

A global boxing qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics has been cancelled and a European event was postponed from April to June.

53 spots for Tokyo to be allocated equally across continents by world rankings

Boxers worldwide were to compete for 53 places in the Tokyo Olympic lineup at a tournament in Paris in June but the qualifier was cancelled Tuesday because of "current challenges to international travel in the global pandemic. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images/File)

A global boxing qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics has been cancelled and a European event was postponed from April to June.

The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday plans were changed because of "current challenges to international travel and related restrictions in many countries" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Boxers worldwide were to compete for 53 places in the Tokyo lineup at a tournament in Paris in June.

Those places will now be allocated equally across continents by world rankings based on results since 2017, the IOC said.

Olympic entries from Africa and the Asia-Oceania region will now be allocated by rankings while boxers in the Americas and Europe can still earn qualifying places in the ring.

An Americas tournament is scheduled for May 10-16 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the European qualifiers should be in June at a venue to be decided.

The European event began in London last March then was stopped after three of 11 scheduled days when the pandemic was declared. London was to have hosted the postponed event this April.

An IOC-appointed panel is organizing the Tokyo boxing tournaments after recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was suspended over governance and finance issues.

There will be eight men's weight classes and five women's weight classes at the Tokyo Olympics, which are set to open July 23.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now