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Women's Boxing:  A Year Ago Today!
by Sue TL Fox
August 5, 2013


(AUG 5) In the 2012 Olympics in London WBAN celebrated one of the most significant and important history-firsts in the sport when for the first time female boxers competed in the Olympics. There were three weight classes that included flyweight (106-112 pounds), lightweight (123-132 pounds), and middleweight (152-165 pounds) division.  The success of the 2012 Olympics featuring these star athletics was overwhelming. 

AP/Jacksonville News: Women's boxing a big hit in Olympics debut -Event draws rave reviews and sold-out crowds in London - August 10, 2012

"LONDON — Women’s boxing was a big hit in its first Olympics. It could get even bigger in Rio. The debut tournament got rave reviews from fans, boxers and Olympic officials who loved the sold-out crowds, evenly matched bouts and the emergence of stars on the international stage, including U.S. teenager Claressa Shields, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Britain’s Nicola Adams. IOC President Jacques Rogge said he’s thrilled the competition removed any doubt of the sport’s Olympic worthiness. AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo is determined to at least double the Olympic field for the 2016 Games in Brazil."  Link to story

Associated Press/Video - Big Hit in 2012 London with Royalty, Celebrities Joining "Enthusiastic" Fans in the Audience


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The I.O.C. Olympic Charter states: “The IOC encourages and supports the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures, with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women."

So WBAN calls upon IOC President Rogge and AIBA President Dr. Wu to meet as a matter of urgency and find a way to ensure that an urgent solution is found before the next I.O.C. Executive Board meets in Buenos Aires on September 4th.

Time is running out Gentlemen – those great women warriors who served you so well and helped make London 2012 a huge success wait to see if you can deliver those additional weights – for President Rogge it would be a sad ending to his reign as I.O.C. President if he is not able to convince his fellow EB members and the AIBA’s Dr. Wu, who will well recall his own pride and delight at the ExCeL a year ago today when he told waiting journalists:

"It was always my great ambition to bring women's boxing to the Olympic Games and now that is a reality."  "It is a dream come true for me and for our many women boxers who are here."  "It is a very proud moment for me."   "All the effort I have put in to make this happen feels worth it and I will continue to put all my efforts into helping improve the sport and keeping it clean and transparent," said Dr. Wu.

So not for the first time in Olympic history, and probably not for the last, the fate of those elite amateur female boxers who delivered such stunning success at ExCeL lies in the hands of the predominantly male International Olympic Committee and especially the Presidents of the IOC and AIBA.

Women throughout the world will be waiting for a positive announcement come September 4th,  at the Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires.

“Where there is a will, there is a way”.

WBAN petitioned this issue entitled, "Increase weight classes for female boxers in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Let your voices be heard, go to:

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