The Boxing Task Force (BTC) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this Thursday the cancellation of the Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event, which awards quotas in the continent for the Tokyo Olympic Games and which was scheduled to take place in Argentina from May 10th to 16th.
The decision was taken in light of the new waves of Covid-19, which were reason enough for the organization to consider that the security conditions were not optimal for the safety of the athletes.
It was announced that the quotas for the Olympic Games will be awarded according to the ranking of America, which is elaborated according to the results of the fighters in international competitions during recent years. Those quotas could be made official in the first week of May, Espn Knockout reported.
“Olympic boxing qualifier in America cancelled. In a meeting between the IOC working group, the sports federations of the American continent and the NOCs (National Olympic Committees), it was announced the cancellation of the Olympic boxing qualifier in the Americas, which was scheduled to take place from May 10 to 16 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The quotas will be given by ranking, according to the athlete’s position, and according to the inscription made by the National Boxing Federation in the Olympic qualifying event,” said the Venezuelan Boxing Federation, one of the first to make the announcement official in a tweet thread on its official account.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) has closely followed all the events leading up to the Olympic Games in its aim to serve as a support in the hard times amateur boxing is going through. The body hopes that the event can be carried out in the best way and with the best in the world.