International Olympic Committee: 289 boxers to compete at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Baku, January 11, AZERTAC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday the final number of male and female boxers allowed to take part in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, according to TASS.

The organization of the boxing tournament in Tokyo is managed by a special IOC body, led by Morinari Watanabe, an IOC member and the chair of the ad-hoc Boxing Task Force Group.

Speaking at the IOC session in Switzerland’s Lausanne on Friday, Watanabe announced that the sport of boxing at the Olympics in Tokyo would be represented by 189 male and 100 female boxers (compared to 250 men and 36 women at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro).

Watanabe also added that the IOC would be doing its best to achieve the gender equality for the Olympic boxing competitions in the future.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held between July 24 and August 9 and the participants of the Olympic boxing competition in Japan will be determined by five boxing qualification events.

The IOC Executive Board proposed to organize a boxing program for the Olympics in Japan composed of 13 weight categories, eight for men and five for women (compared to 10 for men and 3 for women at Rio 2016).

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