The International Olympic Committee (IOC on Friday morning, announced that it has extended the age limit for competition participation to 41 at the Tokyo Olympic games.
. “Boxers must have been born between January 1 in 1980 and December 31 in 2002 to be able to take part in the Games,” the IOC said on Friday.
With these new developments from the IOC, it means that the age limits have been amended by one year in the upcoming qualifications events and the Olympic Games itself.
With the new extended age being 41 now, boxers who were born between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 2002 are eligible to participate in qualifications or even the Olympic Games.
Altogether, 112 boxers from 43 nations have already qualified for the boxing tournament of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
With the deadline for the new qualification period of the Olympic Games being June 29 for he year 2021,174 quota places are still outstanding for the Olympic Games which will be decided in the upcoming qualification events in the same year.
Two hundred and eighty six boxers – 186 males and 100 females will compete at Tokyo 2021 across eight weights for men and five for women.
The revision of the qualification system does not affect boxing; the same process will be held in 2021 as initially approved by the IOC Boxing Task Force.
The new date of the Tokyo Olympic Games has been announced and will be held between July 23 and August 8, 2021.
This development comes as relief, mostly to boxers in third world countries who have been experiencing few opportunities and are also challenged economically.
By Sahdrack Andenga odinga