World Series of Boxing owner the International Boxing Association (AIBA) today announces the setting up of a new Seeding Commission that will seed WSB boxers who participate in the AIBA World Championships and the Olympic Games.
The AIBA Executive Committee Bureau has decided to set up the Seeding Commission following a recommendation by the AIBA Technical and Rules Commission. The Seeding Commission will award four seeds per weight category at the AIBA World Championships and two seeds per weight category at the Olympic Games to non AIBA-ranked WSB boxers. This will be in addition to the eight seeds for the World Championships and four seeds for the Olympic Games awarded to the top-ranked AIBA boxers in accordance with the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules (Appendix E).
The new seeds have been created for WSB boxers to uphold the principles laid down in the AIBA Technical and Competition Rules, under which seedings were established to ensure even strength throughout the competition draw and to avoid the top-ranked boxers meeting in the early stages of a competition.
Five quota places for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be awarded directly to the WSB individual champions in each WSB weight category, who will be crowned at the WSB Individual Championships on May 27-28. The top two boxers in the individual rankings at the end of the regular season on March 20 will qualify for the WSB Individual Championships.
The AIBA World Championships, which will be held in Baku in September, represent the first opportunity for boxers to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with the top ten boxers in each AIBA weight category (the top six in the heavyweight and super heavyweight categories) from different NOCs obtaining a quota place for the London Olympic games.