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Women’s Olympic boxing to get more weight classes by 2020

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AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu has expressed his delight that the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 recommendations which were unanimously approved at the Extraordinary International Olympic Committee Session in Monte Carlo this week.

The major takeaway for Olympic boxing is that on the women’s side of the sport, additional weight classes will be added by the 2020 Olympics. Women’s Olympic boxing began in London 2012 with three divisions, but more are on the way.

Dr Wu also praised the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s vision and leadership in driving changes in the organization since his election.

Dr Wu said:

“This is a great day for the Olympic Movement. I am very proud to have been part of the team who assisted in the development of this agenda and would like to convey once again my strong commitment, as well as that of the International Boxing Association, to turning all of the Agenda 2020 recommendations into reality in the future.

“I have been deeply impressed by President Bach’s leadership, with such great insight and belief, to produce all of these recommendations that will lead the world of International Sports and the Olympic Movement to evolve successfully in the years to come.

“With more than 26 years of my life as a member of the lOC, I have been identifying the need to adopt changes due to the fast social, lifestyle and political changes, as well as more importantly the new trends of our Olympic Sports.

“I am therefore extremely happy to fully support President Bach’s vision and leadership on the proposed future remarkable achievements and I join him in looking forward to the bright future and new birth of our organization.”

“The Agenda 2020 reforms will greatly strengthen our sport, from its grassroots all the way up to the very pinnacle of boxing achievements. The reforms offer enormous new opportunities for young boxers, in particular women boxers.”