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Boxing: Five weights for Women at Inaugural European Games in Baku 2015
by Michael O'Neill
February 17, 2014


(FEB 17) Women boxers in Europe can look forward to FIVE weights at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.

Though no confirmation yet from the sport’s Governing body, AIBA, WBAN.com understands that for the first time in a major boxing tournament there will be five and not three weight classifications in Baku.

These will be: 48-51kg  51-54kg  57-60kg  60-64kg and  69-75kg

So what are the ‘European Games’? Which sports? Which organisation will oversee the boxing?

Ireland’s Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees explains:

“The European Games have been talked about for decades. The EOC has decided that now is the time for Europe to have its continental Games. So, for the benefit of the athletes of Europe we are very pleased to welcome everyone to the first European Games in June of 2015 in the vibrant and beautiful seaside city of Baku, Azerbaijan. These games will reflect the energy and unity of Europe and bring new and meaningful competitions to our athletes as well as bind the European NOCs together with one common goal.”

A modern port city blending the romance of Europe and the vibrancy of the East, Baku is a major influence on the region's culture, industry and sport. The city lies on the eastern coast of Azerbaijan, which is completely surrounded by the Caspian Sea, and enjoys a temperate climate. It is the largest city on the Caspian and in the Caucasus region and is twinned with the European cities of Naples, Sarajevo, and Izmir.

According to the official website, Baku 2015 will involve around 6000 competitors from the 49 Olympic nations of Europe across 18 sports including Aquatics (Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball 3x3, Beach Soccer, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball and Wrestling.

The European Games will be a multi-sport event for athletes from all of the National Olympic Committees in Europe and will be held every four years. The Games are owned, co-organized, and regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The European Games were created at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on December 8, 2012 in Rome, Italy, when an overwhelming majority of the National Olympic Committee of Europe voted for the creation of the European Games. At this General Assembly the right to host the Games was awarded to the City of Baku, Azerbaijan.

AIBA President Dr C.K.Wu in accepting the E.O.C’s invitation to include boxing told E.O.C President Hickey:

"It is my great pleasure to inform you that the AIBA Executive Committee unanimously accepted the request of the European Olympic Committee to include the sport of boxing in the European Games Baku 2015 at its Extraordinary Executive Committee Meeting held in Astana".

"We are pleased to have an opportunity to work with the EOC for this prestigious event.

"The European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) will be responsible to manage all future coordination with EOC and the Local Organising Committee.

"Once again, on behalf of the International Boxing Association, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation for your kind support and interest in our sport." Dr Wu concluded.

EUBC President Franco Falcinelli , himself an AIBA vice-president, will assume responsibility for overseeing the tournament in conjunction with the Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan.

Insofar as boxing is concerned, there will be a total of 296 boxers competing of which 80 women and 216 men. 70 women and 196 men will be via Qualification ‘tournament’ places and in addition Azerbaijan, as hosts will be allocated 10 male, 5 female places in the tournament. Under the “Universality” heading, which also applied for the XXXth Olympiad in London there will be a further 10 (m) and 5(f) places allocated. No National Olympic Committee (N.O.C) may have more than one competitor per weight division i.e.: 15 in all.


Age Requirements:

All athletes participating in the Baku 2015 European Games must be born between 1975-1996

Medical and Anti-Doping Requirements:

To be eligible to participate in the Baku 2015 European Games, all athletes must satisfy the medical requirements according to AIBA Medical and Anti-Doping Committee.

In addition, all athletes must comply with anti-doping controls in accordance with the AIBA and WADA Doping Rules.

Qualification places – Women (70)

Qualification Process:

The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Bucharest, Romania 31 May – 8 June 2014 will be the official qualification event after which a European Ranking will be established and communicated by 30 June 2014.

If any NOC has more than one athlete in the top 14, the next best ranked NOC will get the allocation.

Qualification Timetable:
May – June 2014

Women: EUBC European Women Boxing Championships, Bucharest Romania

30 June 2014

Women: AIBA/EUBC European Boxing Ranking List finalised and communicated to NOCs/EFs

15 July 2014

Women: NOCs to confirm use of allocated quota places to EUBC.

30 April 2015

EOC to confirm in writing the allocation of Universality Places to the NOCs

15 May 2015

EUBC to reallocate all unused quota places within 2 weeks of confirmation date.

The Baku 2015 European Games has been allocated as an “AIBA Official Ranking” Competition. The boxing will take place in the Crystal Hall in Baku, which has already hosted major International events such as the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and will be further upgraded for 2015

It needs to be stressed that the European Games is still a ‘work in progress’ and it remains a possibility that some minor changes may occur between now and the end of this year.

And finally, the European Games logo:

The new logo brings together five core elements that have shaped Azerbaijan’s ancient and contemporary culture and aspirations, including Flame; Water; the mythical Simurgh bird; Carpet, and Pomegranate.

Video clip – courtesy European Olympic Committee (E.O.C)

Crystal Hall venue for the Boxing : http://www.baku2015.com/en/venues.aspx

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