Boxing In 2020 Olympics:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking to finalize its plans to have boxing be a part of the 2020 Olympics, but without the involvement of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

The IOC has recommended that boxing be included in next year’s games, but the final decision will be made in the IOC’s next session from June 24 to 26 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A special task force created by the IOC Executive Board will be chaired by Morinari Watanabe. the President of the International Gymnastic Federation. The purpose of the task force is to ensure the following:

A. Ensure the delivery of the following boxing competitions, with a goal of increasing sustainable gender equality in all areas of the sport:

i. Qualification events for boxing in view of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, due to take place between January 2020 and May 2020;

ii. Boxing tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

B. Develop a Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for boxing, including the following details to be confirmed not later than the end of June 2019:

i. Definition of Men’s and Women’s weight categories;

ii. Review of quota places allocation across the boxing events, with a goal of increasing gender equality;

iii. Set the criteria for the quota places distribution at the qualification events.

The news comes after the AIBA has had issues for the past couple of years stemming from financial mismanagement to controversial judging during the 2016 Olympics.The AIBA was then revealed to be under financial stress, which led to the exit of C.K. Wu as president of the organization. Gafur Rakhimov was voted as the new AIBA president late last year, a decision that went directly against the IOC's wishes and potentially hurt the AIBA's chances of being involved in the 2020 Olympics.

Rakhimov has since then revealed his intentions to step down from the position, but if the IOC's current plans are finalized next month, the AIBA's status will be reviewed once more only after 2020. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will run from July 24 to August 9.

While boxing's inclusion in the 2020 Olympics has yet to be officially confirmed, there will be numerous changes to the sport's weight classes if it were to take place in two years.

With greater emphasis on women's boxing, the 2020 Olympics will feature a record five weight classes for female Olympic boxers. Two weight classes, featherweight (57 kg/125 lbs) and welterweight (69 kg/152 lbs) have been added to the already existing flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.

But with more women's boxing weight classes being included into the 2020 Olympic rotation, a number of changes had to be made on the men's side. First, men’s light flyweight, bantamweight and light welterweight, all men's weight classes from the 2016 Olympics, are not going to be there for 2020. Secondly, men’s featherweight (57 kg/125 lbs) was added and lastly, men’s lightweight was restructured from 60 kg/132 lbs to 63 kg/138 lbs.

Below is the final lineup for boxing weight classes are going to be in the 2020 Olympics:

Men's Weight Classes:

  • Flyweight (52 kg/114 lbs)
  • Featherweight (57 kg/ 125 lbs)
  • Lightweight (63 kg/ 138 lbs)
  • Welterweight (69 kg/ 152 lbs)
  • Middleweight (75 kg/ 165 lbs)
  • Light Heavyweight (81 kg/ 178 lbs)
  • Heavyweight (91 kg/ 201 lbs)
  • Super Heavyweight (91+ kg/ 201+ lbs)

Women's Weight Classes:

  • Flyweight (51 kg/ 112 lbs)
  • Featherweight (57 kg/ 125 lbs)
  • Lightweight (60 kg/ 132 lbs)
  • Welterweight (69 kg/ 152 lbs)
  • Middleweight (75 kg/ 165 lbs)

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