Female Boxing Denied 08 Olympics

Courtesy of www.aiba.net

The IOC Executive Board met on 27 October 2005 in the IOC Headquarters to discuss about the various request from International Federations for changes and/or additions to events/quotas of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

At 14:36 local time, the IOC officially announced that the request by the International Boxing Association “to introduce women’s boxing (4 weight categories/32 atheltes) has not been accepted by the Executive Board for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Nine other International Federations have seen their requests refused by the EB.

“It is a sad day for women in boxing and we are all heart broken” expressed a boxer right after the decision. Mr. Kelly Fairweather, IOC Sports Director explained that “this decision was purely taken on a technical basis as recommended by the Programme Commission. We look forward to seeing progress in women’s boxing over the next few years.”

The International Boxing Association takes this decision as a challenge to do its best to promote and communicate boxing.

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