The International Boxing Association will not be in charge of qualifying athletes for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Instead, the International Olympic Committee has implemented a new qualification system that uses National Olympic Committee tournaments as qualification for the Games in 2024.
Over the weekend, the IOC and its frustrations with the IBA came to a head as the IOC neglected the qualification process for the next Olympic cycle. Last June, the organization decided that the IBA could not be the authority on boxing and approved at a meeting today on qualifying. The IOC and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) will be at the heart of all qualifying tournaments. The events will be as follows:
- Pan American Games – Santiago 2023
- European Game – Krakow 2023
- Pacific Games – Honiara 2023
- Asian Games – Hangzhou 2023
- ANOCA (Africa) – multi-sport event to be determined
After these events, the IOC and NOC will neglect the World Qualification Tournaments for 2024. This process will be much simpler than previous events. The IOC hopes to simplify it and give every boxer an equal run.
Olympic boxing: the problem child
Earlier in the year, Richard McLaren launched an investigation into Olympic boxing corruption citing fights such as Michael Conlan losing his Olympic match. Since the investigation and revelation took place, Olympic boxing has come under intense scrutiny from the IOC, which has threatened to bar the sport from the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
The IBA rebranded itself in response to this and adapted new protocols and worked with boxers to put the system in place.
Despite all the work and changes, the IOC is still not satisfied, and rightly so. Olympic boxing is the problem child for corruption along with weightlifting with PEDs.
Boxing still has an opportunity to compete in the 2028 Games, but needs to make significant changes to prove it is working on the problem and taking a major turn. judo, taekwondo and struggle are still part of the programmer. Karate has been ruled out but he and kickboxing will have a chance to make their case for the 2028 cycle.
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