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World Champion Rosilete dos Santos of Brazil Joins in the Fight on Behalf of WBAN's Petition for more Weight Classes and Equality
August 7, 2013
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(AUG 7) World Champion Rosilete dos Santos supports the expansion of weight classes for the female boxers in the next Olympics Games. 

Rosilete dos Santos said women's boxing needs more representation.   The women's boxing has been included in the Olympics Games in the last edition in 2012. However, only three weight categories were included.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has promised to review the disputes for the next game in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 2016.

However, the difference between men's boxing and women's boxing in the Olympics seems to continue in the next game, which will take place in 2016.

The men's boxing will be played with ten weight categories while women's boxing will continue with only three categories.

For the world champion Rosilete dos Santos, the difference within the sport hinders the growth of women's boxing.

 "I think the biggest difficulty that women face is the lack of support, both in Olympic boxing, and professionally,"  Santos said.

Given this large difference that will happen in the sport at the Olympics in 2016,  Rosilete dos Santos came on board in the campaign of WBAN (Women Boxing Archive Network), which organized a
petition  on behalf of female boxers having more representation [more weight classes].

After that, Rosilete dos Santos wrote a letter of support and a protest because this situation.


Santos is a world champion for the WIBA (Women's International Boxing Association) and WPC (World Commission Pugilist). She retired in July after years devoted to boxing.

Santos added, "With only three categories, injury to the female Olympic boxing is huge. This limits the number of women in the Olympics and also causes them to withdraw from the Olympic boxing. Three categories makes the difference in weight much greater and the boxers have to lose or gain too much weight. The IOC should change its decision and open up more options. If men have 10 categories, we women might have the same number and can make sure that women have fight levels in all categories. I being a  Brazilian and world champion, will fight hard for that to be changed, even in a competition in my country."

"This lack of support was one of the reasons for my early retirement from boxing.  Much is made in ending discrimination between men and women, but this inequality we see in some points, as is happening in Olympic boxing. If we do not change and show that it is possible to reach the top, this difference will not end. Therefore, we have to keep fighting in every way and I will be part of this fight, " said Santos.

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