Boxing is set to maintain its place on the sport programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

On May 22nd, the International Olympic Committee published a statement announcing that “boxing is set to maintain its place on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but the recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be suspended.” (view full statement here)

These recommendations have been brought forward by the Inquiry Committee set up by the IOC Executive Board who have been conducting an investigation into AIBA since November 2018, and decisions regarding these recommendations are to be voted at the IOC session on June 24 – 26 in Lausanne.

Implications for the Qualification Pathway for Canadian boxers

Following the announcement, the IOC created a special task force whose mandates will be to develop a Tokyo 2020 Qualification system and to ensure the delivery of the qualification events as well as the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games.

Therefore, the qualification pathway previously published is no longer valid.

The IOC is set to announce the official qualification pathway for boxing after its session at the end of June, which is due to take place between January 2020 and May 2020. In the meantime, IOC confirmed that the total athlete quota for boxing would remain at 286, and the exact weight categories and athlete quota allocation across events will be known at the end of June.

More information will be available once the International Olympic Committee publishes more details at the end of June.

The status of AIBA’s recognition will be reviewed after the Olympic Games.


Posted on: May 29, 2019