BANGKOK – Boxing will start with a clean slate for the Tokyo Olympics following tough competition at the 2016 Games, with the sport’s struggling governing body and Rio’s 36 officials barred from any participation in the competition.
With a history dating back to the ancient Olympics and fighting in every Games of the last century, the passion, popularity, and place of boxing in the Olympics is rarely in doubt, but persistent disputes over the quality of the games. judges have ruined successive contests.
A special task force that runs the Tokyo competition in place of the suspended International Boxing Association (AIBA) is eager to regain the trust of boxers and teams by ensuring fair fights and consistent scores to keep allegations of foul play to a minimum.
New transparency measures have been introduced under the direction of the head of the boxing working group, Morinari Watanabe, such as displaying the scores of each judge at the end of each round and independent third party supervision, investigation and selection of judges and referees.
Watanabe, a newcomer to boxing who also heads the International Gymnastics Federation, has said the sport needed to reorganize itself to gain the trust of its competitors.
AIBA, under new leadership, has promised reforms to address financial and governance issues to be recognized again by the International Olympic Committee before the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The boxing will take place from July 24 to August 8 at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, the spiritual home of sumo wrestling and in recent weeks a site for COVID-19 vaccines.
The competition will feature more female wrestlers, with five weight divisions, up from three in Rio, and the men’s competition will be reduced from 10 to eight divisions, in an effort to address the gender imbalance.
Apart from the judges, many things remain the same as in Rio, with a scoring system of 10 duties and three rounds of three minutes and the professionals can compete.
Despite the pandemic disrupting qualifying competitions, a strong field is expected with great teams from Russia, Great Britain and Uzbekistan: a winner of seven gold medals at this year’s Asian championship and joint leader with Cuba with three golds. river.
Uzbek flyweight Shakhobidin Zoirov has a title to defend from Rio, as does Cuban Julio César La Cruz, a light heavyweight or heavyweight.
Another contender is Philippine middleweight Eumir Marcial, a pro signed by the promotions company of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who has been giving Marcial advice and proposed him last week to take home the first Olympic gold of Philippines
As reigning world and European champion, Britain’s Lauren Price is a contender for the women’s middleweight title, while Mary Kom, 38, a MP and Asian, Commonwealth and six-time world champion from India, may have her last chance at an elusive Olympic gold at flyweight.
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