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GUWAHATI: Girls’s boxing “deserves” growth on the Olympic stage however ought to that come on the expense of males’s occasions?
The query appears to don’t have any straightforward solutions as one of many marquee Olympic sports activities grapples with the prospect of a revamped roster for the 2020 Video games.
The IOC has mandated that the ladies’s occasions be elevated from three to 5 for the Video games in Tokyo with out permitting a rise within the total participation or the variety of medals on supply.
Which means that the lads’s occasions, which have been diminished from 13 to 10 within the 2012 Video games, will now be additional lower to eight because the IOC pushes for better gender parity on the quadrennial showpiece. London 2012 was when ladies’s boxing made its Olympic debut in three weight classes.
Boxing has been an Olympic sport since 1904 and was a male solely occasion until the 2008 Beijing Video games.
“There was a time when males’s boxing had 13 weight classes, which dropped to 10 and so they may now be dropping to eight in 2020. Girls’s boxing deserves the growth. However on the identical time males’s boxing will proceed to battle for its territory,” stated India’s Excessive Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva.
His response fairly sums up the state of affairs in worldwide boxing the place the overall view is that whereas it is good to have extra ladies on the Olympics however males should not be too drastically affected.
“I do not perceive why cannot there be better participation. It is nice to have extra ladies’s occasions however let there be as many males, have extra medals, have extra boxers. That ought to be the intention in my view. Is not that is what Olympic spirit is all about?” Indian boxing’s nationwide observer Akhil Kumar stated.
The lads’s classes to be dropped are but to be finalised. The Worldwide Boxing Affiliation’s (AIBA) new President Franco Falcinelli remains to be making an attempt to barter with the IOC to make sure that just one males’s class is dropped.
“The IOC has stored a cap on the variety of athletes that may take part within the Video games that can’t be modified at present. So, I assume now we have to regulate to the change, there isn’t any selection,” stated Nieva.
However amid the discuss of equality and guaranteeing that women and men have the identical share of boxing medals by the 2024 Video games, AIBA vice-President Edgar Tanner had a somewhat apparent query to ask.
“I do not know how one can get equal gold medals out of 13.”