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Boxing: Road to Tokyo 2020 games principles and dates revised


The 2020 Tokyo Olympic games were postponed from 23rd July 2020 to the 23rd of August 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which has affected every part of the world. This led to various sporting activities being put on hold until the situation comes back to favorable conditions suitable for group activities. The Tokyo 2020 games were also postponed by a year as a result.

In the due course, the Olympic games and the qualifiers were affected, leading to the postponement of the preceding qualifiers in the different localities like Europe, American, and the World qualifiers which had been scheduled starting from February to June 2020. They were pushed to the next year, 2021.

Going forward, the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, and the Japanese government have released new and revised principles to guide the Olympic Boxing task force in the remaining qualifiers and the final boxing event at the Olympics.

The age limit for the eligible boxers has been extended from 40 to 41. Earlier, the principle stipulated that only boxers born between the 1st January 1980 and 31st Dec 2001 bringing the category of players eligible for the games to be between 19 to 41 years of age.

However, as a result of the postponement of the games, the age limit has been reviewed and the eligibility of boxers who will be 41 years by 2021, and those born on 31st Dec 2002 will also be able to participate.

The world Olympic qualifiers will be for those National Olympic committees who have not had boxers qualifying in some weight categories from the Continental qualifiers.

Uganda only managed one qualifying slot from the continental qualifiers, which was achieved by team captain Shadir Musa Bwogi in the welterweight category out of the 13 bombers team that represented the nation in Senegal.

The Bombers can still have more slots only if they participate in the final world qualifiers to be held in France.

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