Team GB waited in anticipation as the first step of their path for gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was revealed.
The boxing draw took place this afternoon, 4 August at the Bradesco Theatre, Rio de Janeiro. Revealing that 52kg Muhammed Ali, 91kg+ Joe Joyce and 51kg Nicola Adams have each received a bye to the second round of the games.
Boxing will commence on Saturday 6 August, and will be opened by the men’s light flyweight competition. The first boxing session will begin at 1100 Brazilian time (1500 GMT).
Boxing Draw – GB Boxers
49kg Galal Yafai (GBR) V 49kg Simplice Fotsala (CMR)
52kg Muhammad Ali (GBR) BYE – will box winner between Venezuela and Dominican Republic
56kg Qais Ashfaq (GBR) V 56kg Chatchai Butdee (THA)
60kg Joe Cordina (GBR) V 60kg Charly Suarez (PHL)
64kg Pat McCormack (GBR) V 64kg Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ)
69kg Josh Kelly (GBR) V 69kg Walid Sedik Mohamed (EGY)
75kg Antony Fowler (GBR) V 75kg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (KAZ)
81kg Joshua Buatsi (GBR) V 81kg Kennedy Katende (UGA)
91kg Lawrence Okolie (GBR) V 91kg Igor Jakubowski (POL)
91kg+ Joe Joyce (GBR) BYE – will box Cape Verde after his bye
51kg Nicola Adams (GBR) BYE – will box winner between Ukraine and Bulgaria
75kg Savannah Marshall (GBR) V Anna Laurell (SWE)
The full schedule with dates and timings for the above bouts will follow.
Rio 2016 will be host to a grand total of 42 Olympic sport disciplines and will stage 306 events throughout the 19 day competition.
Male boxers competing in the 2016 Olympic Games will be the first in over 30 years to compete without headguards. The rule on male boxers wearing headguards was lifted three years ago and Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games to stage the new rule since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Female boxers competing at the Olympics will continue to wear headguards. It will be the second time that female boxing has been included in the Olympic Games. It was first included at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Further information on the team and their progress at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be available at www.gbboxing.org.uk and by following @gbboxing on Twitter.
A full schedule of the games can be found here.