QATAR Boxing Federation (QBF) President Yousuf Ali Al Kazim, who had recently attended a two-day AIBA Commission meeting in New Delhi, India, said recommendations for the Tokyo 2020 road map had been finalised.
“Key decisions were taken with the focus placed firmly on optimising the structure of Tokyo 2020 competitions,” said Al Kazim, who is also a member of AIBA’s World Series Boxing (WSB) Commission.
“The meetings built on the first reforms of the new Olympic cycle initiated at the end of 2016 when the Referees and Judges Commission tabled their recommendations for changes,” he said.
AIBA has also decided to increase the women’s weight categories at the next Olympics.
Female boxers had made their Games debut at London 2012.
Currently, women compete in middleweight, lightweight and flyweight categories and AIBA had been pushing to include more categories.
“The expansion in the number of women’s weight categories is in line with the International Olympic Committee’s gender-equality priority,” he added.
On the WSB, Al Kazim added, “The competition will seek to restructure its ranking to provide a more engaging and effective system that can feed directly into Olympic qualification as well as the creation of one-off opportunities for potential new franchisees to test the format in a competitive environment.”