Boxing might not make Olympics in 2020 says IOC
The Olympic dreams of many young boxers might be on life-support as with less than two years to go before Tokyo 2020, Olympic boxing was frozen in its tracks on Friday.
The International Olympic Committee, affectionately called the IOC, announced that it is launching an investigation into AIBA, the governing body for Olympic boxing. When and if the investigation is over, the sport will be eligible.
The news albeit worrisome, comes with a bit of fresh air as amateur boxing has suffered from some of the worst decision in Olympic history. When Roy Jones Jr. was cheated out of a gold medal, Michael Conlan last Olympics beating an opponent so bad that he couldn’t fight in the next round, because of damage Conlan inflicted on his opponent.
We got the hint in 2016 how boxing was viewed as only tape-delayed bout were shown on television, all of the live events happened on streaming.
Hopefully, this gets sorted out by 2020, but this is a troublesome sign for the young fighters, who did nothing wrong and might not get to compete because of it.