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Boxing Olympic qualifying path changes

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The international organising committee (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF) has restructured a qualifying path for the final stage of the Tokyo Olympic boxing qualification process.

According to a statement from the IOC official website page, the new changes emanated from ‘concerns regarding the ever-evolving travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and governmental policies that could affect the athletes’ preparation timelines, their ability to participate in the Olympic qualifiers and the presence of technical officials at these qualifiers.

Therefore, as a consequence of prioritising the continental Olympic qualifiers and rescheduling of the European Olympic qualifier, the final stage of the boxing qualification process was restructured.  

The final qualifiers that were scheduled to take place in France in June 2021 had been cancelled.

Consequent to that, the statement further states that the 53 quota places (32 men and women) planned to be allocated at the final world Olympic qualifier would be allocated equally across the four regions (Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe) and all the weight categories.

This according to the article would be achieved by following the fundamental principle of universality, one nominal quota (by name) would be allocated to the best ranked athlete not yet qualified per region and per weight category, as per the BTF rankings upon the conclusion of each respective continental event.

This was intended to ensure a new reallocation pathway based on international on-field results recorded over the past four years including but not limited to the BTF Olympic qualification events.

However, Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA), public relations officer, Taolo Tlouetsile said in an interview that the new changes meant that the best ranking athlete in each continent would qualify for the Olympics if they had not already qualified.  

In Botswana he said Mahommed ‘Rajab’ Otukile was the only one in the country who stood a clear chance to qualify since he was ranked number three in Africa while the top two ranked boxers in Africa were number one, Mohamed Flissi of Algeria who had already qualified.  Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia was ranked number two in Africa hence this automatically put Otukile ahead of his competitors in Africa.

However, Keamogetse Kenosi was the first African boxer to secure a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games after she defeated Moroccan Bertal Widad in the semifinals at the African qualifiers at the Dakar International Expo in Senegal.  

As per the schedule for the remaining qualifiers; Africa/Asia –Ocean is complete, Europe postponed from April to June and America, and the qualifiers for America are scheduled for May 10-16, 2021 in Argentina. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Lindi Morwaeng

Location : MOLEPOLOLE

Event : Interview

Date : Feb 21 Sun,2021

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