With the IOC deciding to scrap the Olympic world qualifiers for boxing due to the “challenges” posed by the worldwide COVID-19 restrictions, India is unlikely so as to add to the unprecedented 9 who’ve made the minimize for the Tokyo Video games in July-August. The world qualifier, which was to be the ultimate qualifying occasion for the Video games after the continental occasions, was scheduled to be held in Paris in June. “The 53 quota locations (32 males and 21 ladies) deliberate to be allotted on the remaining World Olympic Qualifier will now be allotted equally throughout the 4 areas (Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe) and all the burden classes,” the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Job Pressure acknowledged.
From India, Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) have certified for the Video games.
Within the present rankings, those that have certified are the one ones with good rating positions — Amit being best-placed amongst them on the high of his weight class standings.
The remaining classes wherein Olympic slots are nonetheless up for grabs within the Indian context are males’s 57kg, 81kg and 91kg and ladies’s 57kg. None of those classes characteristic Indians within the greater positions.
“This ensures a brand new reallocation pathway, which relies on worldwide on-field outcomes recorded over the previous 4 years (2017-2021), together with however not restricted to the BTF Olympic Qualification Occasions,” the IOC mentioned of the brand new qualifying process.
They made the minimize eventually yr’s Asian Qualifiers in Jordan, after which sports activities virtually got here to a standstill due to the pandemic.
Mary Kom welcomed the IOC’s transfer to cancel the ultimate qualifying occasion, though it’s a setback for these eyeing vacant slots.
“Whereas I really feel sorry for the athletes not getting an opportunity to compete in a Ultimate World qualifier, I 100 per cent assist the BTF’s resolution to rearrange the qualification pathway to Tokyo 2020 in the perfect pursuits of all athletes,” she mentioned in a press release issued by the IOC.
The IOC has taken over the conduct of boxing within the Tokyo Olympics after suspending the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation, citing administrative mismanagement.
Solely the African and Asian qualifiers of boxing have been accomplished thus far and the tournaments for Europe and Americas shall be held later this yr.
The European event, which was earlier postponed to April this yr, has now been rescheduled for June.
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