It is becoming more and more apparent there is a growing participation
interest in women'í boxing-óto only in the United States but also in
England, Europe and the Far east. With the 1976 Olympics scheduled for
Montreal less than two years away, we have been getting numerous queries
on the possibility of girl athletes putting on the gloves for gold,
silver, and bronze medals. Though time is against such an innovation for
the forthcoming Olympiad, it is conceivable Lord Killanin and his
International Olympics Committee would review the feasibility of admitting
girl boxers for the 1980 edition. Now donít start writing heated letters
accusing BOXING ILLUSTRATED of championing an Olympic shot for girl
This magazine is solidly neutral on the issue but we are curious on
world opinion regarding giving women boxers a chance to do their thing in
the epitome of all amateur competition.
Please bear in mind that before such a sport could even be considered
the respective countries involved would have to adopt an amateur program
adhering to all the Olympicís rules and regulations. Such as undertaking
requires money, time, coaches and most important, competition.
With the exception of Thailand and possibility Japan, BOXING
ILLUSTRATED is unaware of a national supervised program for girl boxers. Certainly
none exists in the United States, Canada or Europe.
People boosting girl boxing naturally will strongly stress the fact
womenís sports participation in the Olympics includes such established
events as track, swimming, rowing, skeet, shooting, equestrian, and
archery among others. Maybe they have a point.
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