The IOC = International Olympic Committee was scheduled to compete in this qualifying round after canceling the final qualifying round for boxing at the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for June due to the spread of the new coronavirus.53 We have officially decided to use the rankings set by the IOC for the quotas.

The IOC has decided to cancel the final boxing qualifying round for the Tokyo tournament scheduled for June in Paris due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection by the 5th.

In this qualifying, 53 qualifying slots were contested, and young players from Japan were aiming to participate, but these will be decided by the ranking set by the IOC special team that manages the boxing competition of the Tokyo tournament. It was.

Regarding this decision, the Japan Boxing Federation has withdrawn the cancellation of the final qualifying and submitted a petition for the final qualifying in Asia, Oceania, etc., but it will be decided by the ranking. It was.

Morinari Watanabe, chairman of the IOC's special boxing team, said, "Athletes' health and safety are our top priorities while monitoring the ever-changing infection situation, aiming for a fair and impartial Olympic qualifying process in all regions, and physical fitness for this tournament. We made the decision after considering enough time for recovery. We thank all the players for their acceptance despite the different impacts of this decision. " I will.

The selection status of Japanese players

In the final qualifying round of the world, which was decided to be canceled, a total of five men and women, who could not get a job offer for the Tokyo Olympics due to the host country frame, were scheduled to participate.

The final qualifying round in the world was the last chance for these five players, as they couldn't get a place in the Asia-Oceania qualifying round last March and couldn't get a job offer in the host country.

The men who were scheduled to participate were featherweight Shunto Tsutsumi and light heavyweight Ren Umemura, and women's lightweight Saya Hamamoto, welterweight Mai Kito, and middleweight Arisa Tsubata. ..

On the other hand, so far, six Japanese athletes, both male and female, have been nominated as representatives in the Asian / Oceania qualifying rounds and the host country.

The men are in the 4th class, with welterweight Seon Okazawa winning the Asian / Oceania qualifiers, and in the three host country slots, flyweight Ryoaki Tanaka, lightweight Daisuke Narimatsu, and middleweight. Three of the class Yuito Moriwaki have been nominated as representatives.

For women, Tsukimi Namiki, a flyweight player, and Sena Irie, a featherweight player, have won the qualifying slots in the Asia-Oceania qualifiers, and are the first Japanese women to be nominated for the Olympics.

5 Japanese players will be strict

Due to the cancellation of the final qualifying round in the world, the participation of five Japanese athletes who could not get the quota for the Olympics has almost disappeared.

In the final qualifying round in the world, a total of 53 slots were planned to be given to the top performers in each of the 13 classes for both men and women.

However, it was decided that the 53 slots that would float in the air due to the lack of final qualifying would be evenly distributed by region and class.

It means that you will get the participation slot in the order of the top ranking set by the special team.

This ranking was set up by a special team for the selection of representatives for the Tokyo tournament, and reflects the results of international tournaments and qualifying rounds on each continent since 2017.

However, the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation says that the five Japanese players who were scheduled to participate in the final qualifying round in the world are young in their early twenties, have a poor track record in international competitions, and have a low ranking, making it extremely difficult to participate in the Tokyo competition. I will.

Among the players, there is a young player, Shunto Tsutsumi (21), who participated in the 2016 World Youth Championship in the second year of high school and won the gold medal for the first time as a Japanese player, but these players are also the last. You will not be able to participate in the Olympic Games in your own country, which you were aiming for without playing a match in the qualifying round.

Japan Boxing Federation

The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation has submitted a petition requesting the special team to carry out the final qualifying for Asia and Oceania in response to the decision by the IOC special team to cancel the final qualifying round in the world.

The petition points out that young players with poor overseas achievements may not be evaluated correctly in the ranking of special teams, and in order to make the most fair selection, qualifying such as Asia and Oceania should be conducted. I was requesting that.

After that, the special team responded that they would not reconsider the selection method, and as a result of exchanging opinions with the special team, the federation showed an understanding of the content based on the fact that the spread of infection has become a problem in the world. , Decided to accept the decision.