Proposal made by EUBC President Franco Falcinelli at the AIBA Executive Committee Meeting which took place the 24th-25th of July, 2017 in Moscow.
Dear boxing friends,
I am very happy to have 2 more women categories at O.G.. It was our old request to IOC in order to recognize the growing number of women who practice boxing worldwide.
At this moment there are nearly than 70 Countries with a women team.
But to respect the principle of “equality gender” IOC cannot penalize the male weight class.
In Munich 1972 there were 13 categories. 1976, 1980: 11. From 1984 to 2000: 12. 2004, 2008: 11. 2012 e 2016: 10.
Now, the IOC proposes to reduce male Olympic boxing, which is practiced in more than 200 countries worldwide, to 8 categories.
We have to pay attention to an important aspect: the reduction of interest of TV viewers and media. The audience for women boxing is very low up to now.
If the popularity of boxing for media and viewers falls, there is a risk that we will lose important funding from the IOC.
The further reduction of 44 male boxers in favor of women boxers is too heavy for the boxing numbers worldwide!
If IOC intends to keep its determination, with great sacrifice we can reduce ONLY one men category.
For example, 49 kg, is usually the category with less
boxers and most of them make have a difficult time reducing their weight.
At OG in Rio, the number of boxers that qualified in light fly weight were 22.
Therefore we could offer this solution.
Keeping the same number -12 per category – as in London and RIO, two women weight class means 24 boxers.
So the final entries could be as below:
- Women: 5 categories x 12 boxers = 60
- Men : 9 categories x 24 boxers = 216
- Hosting Country and Wild cards = 10
Remain a big problem: 4 women boxers each category would have the chance to reach the podium with only 1 bout.
Dear boxing friends, I would like to submit to your attention another consideration and another proposals.
Two more women categories will continue to create a critical situation in women boxing, because many of them, without the “Olympic Dream”, will leave our sport.
In my opinion the best solution, in order to guarantee the real respect of the “equality gender” and to prevent discrimination against women in O.G., would be:
8 women categories
8 boxers each categories
Doing this we will ensure the “equality gender” and high technical quality of women boxers.
With the same Olympic Quota, we will have:
8 x 8 categories = 64
24 x 9 categories = 216
Boxers to the hosting country 6
Only one bronze medal for women boxers!
In this way, all medalist boxers would fight three times to rich the bronze medal.
I would like to know your opinion about my thinking and my proposals.
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