Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Nigeria to miss boxing event at Tokyo Olympics

 Nigeria’s fortunes in the boxing event of the Tokyo  Olympic Games continues to be a mirage following  the cancellation of the final qualifiers  due to take place in Paris in June.

The Nation

This development means Nigeria which had earlier missed out from the African qualifiers in Senegal early 2020 would not be competing in boxing at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

About 53 quota places that would have been available at the World Olympic Qualifier will now be assigned based on rankings instead, with the best-ranked boxer per region, per weight category receiving a Tokyo 2020 berth.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF) said the changes to the qualification system ensure athletes from all regions have an equal chance to qualify for the Games.

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