The European boxing qualifier for Tokyo 2020 was officially suspended on Monday after two days of fighting. However, the tournament, which began last Saturday in London, had to be stopped in a momentous decision by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF), decision the World Boxing Association (WBA) applauds.
The American qualifier, which was supposed to be rescheduled in May, has also been suspended, the IOC explained in a statement.
The various measures taken around the world to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic forced a halt to the competition. The IOC assured in the document that the intention is to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home and carry out quarantine.
The BTF will continue to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June. The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it will inform all stakeholders as soon as more information is available