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Switzerland: IOC announces Tokyo Olympics boxing plan without AIBA

1 20.06.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Kit McConnell, International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director: "The executive board today approved the weight categories for the men as well, and they are outlined and detailed in the press release that you should be receiving any minute. The eight weight categories for the men that were approved followed actually the proposal that was put forward by AIBA for the qualification system for Tokyo."
SOT, Kit McConnell, International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director: "In regard to the athlete quotas, as the board noted at its May meeting, it was decided previously to maintain the overall number of athletes -- the 286 that were previously approved for boxing. Again, in terms of a transition and a greater focus on gender equality, the executive board in June 2017 had previously approved a change from the the split we had in Rio, which was 250 men and 36 women. So just 11% in Rio of women. The executive board in June 2017 approved a transition knowing that we transitioned the two weight categories from men to women had previously approved a number of 206 men and 80 women in the total of 286. That was the June 2017 decision in approving the qualification system today again subject to the session approval. There was an increased transfer from the men to the women to make a total of 100 women. So that's an increase from the 80 previously approved. So it's gone from 80 to 100 which obviously means on the men's side it's gone down from 206 to 186. So out of the 286 quota, it's 186 men and 100 women. So that's an increase of 25% on the previous decision."
SOT, Kit McConnell, International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director: "The planning is moving forward for boxing in Tokyo that they [the athletes] can now plan with their national federations and their NOCs their timing of their own preparations and their participation in those qualification events."
SOT, Kit McConnell, International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director: "Equally in terms of the planning, the second element that was discussed today was the composition of the task force. Previously in May, the President of the International Gymnastics Federation. Mr. Morinari Watanabe was appointed as the chair of that task force to take on those responsibilities for putting in place oversight of the qualification events and the Tokyo Olympic qualification. And here we should be clear on the separation of responsibilities -- the task force under Mr. Watanabe is responsible for delivering the oversight of the qualification process and the Olympic competition in Tokyo. There is a separate process under what is now the monitoring group with Mr. Lalovic and the continuation of his group, with Richard Carrion and Emma Terho, and that's to look at the wider relationship with AIBA and the steps AIBA is taking to to address those areas of concern. So that's a separate process. Obviously, there are some linkages along the way but it's a separate focus between those two groups."
SOT, Kit McConnell, International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director: "After the session next week we'll be able to move forward with the launch of ticketing very quickly thereafter. And again just in regard to Tokyo we will be keeping the test event for boxing where it was previously planned in October this year, as previously planned."
SCRIPT
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director Kit McConnell announced that the organisation has put together a plan for boxing at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo without the suspended International Boxing Association (AIBA). McConnell spoke at a press conference in Lausanne on Wednesday.
"The executive board today approved the weight categories for the men as well, and they are outlined and detailed in the press release that you should be receiving any minute," said McConnell. "The eight weight categories for the men that were approved followed actually the proposal that was put forward by AIBA for the qualification system for Tokyo."
The plan will also see an increase in female competitors and a decrease in males. "So out of the 286 quota, it's 186 men and 100 women," McConnell added.
An IOC session is scheduled to take place in Lausanne next week, during which its officials are due to vote on the plan.