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One of the Biggest Issues Confronting Female Boxers in the Sport
by Sue TL Fox
September 7, 2013
WBAN Petition for Equality of Female Boxers
     
   
   


 

(SEPT 7)  We have a very important issue that not only affects the sport of women’s boxing at this time, but it directly affects the elite amateur female boxers.   WBAN believes that the issue is crucial in the development of the sport.

In the boxing segment at the Olympics they currently have 286 boxing slots of which there were only 36  female boxers at London 2012 in three weight divisions whereas there were 250 male boxers in ten weight classes.
Is that Equality?

On July 25, 2013, we were notified that a decision had been made by the International Olympic Committee [I.O.C], that in the next Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro there will STILL be only three weight classes for female boxers with 36 women.

You may ask yourself….how does the outcome of increasing WEIGHT CLASSES in the Olympics affect me if I am a professional boxer or may be doing other things in the sport, i.e. training, managing, promoting, matchmaking, etc.?

You may want to consider the following:

It could mean that women’s boxing as a whole, the “big picture” so to speak, would benefit both pro and amateurs. Amateurs would have a better chance of competing in the Olympics (subject to qualifying), and the Pros would benefit because inevitably once the qualification for Olympics is over and only a few for each weight category will be qualify ie: one per weight per country – that in turn will means many amateurs quit the amateur sport and take their chances in the pros thus making the pros better, with the sport having more quality fights.

This also creates a substantial larger pool of female boxers for being featured on boxing cards, trainers/managers having more female boxers to work with; promoters and matchmakers having a larger pool of qualified females to be featured on their cards.

Most importantly though....it means “Equality” in the sport: Females being treated equality and without discrimination, and in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

WBAN petitioned the I.O.C. to encourage them to reconsider their decision in keeping the women’s division in boxing at the next Olympics at three weight classes. We would like to ask that each and every one of you take a few moments to support this cause for the betterment of women’s boxing.

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