IOC Boxing Task Force suspends European qualifier in London and all remaining events until May

By 16th March 2020News

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force
(BTF) has decided today to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European
qualifier in London, Great Britain, and the subsequent Americas and final world
qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

The European qualifier, which started on 14 March and was planned to run until 24
March, will be closed after today’s evening session.

Safeguarding the well-being of the athletes, officials and all other participants is a top
priority for the BTF.

Since the preparation phase of the event, the BTF has been
working in close cooperation with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – the
delivery body of the competition – as well as its stakeholders, its own medical experts
and the national health authorities, to set up the necessary precautionary measures.

The BTF eventually took the decision to suspend the event today, amid increasing
global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants
from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.

The BTF will continue to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the
distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June.

The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it will
inform all stakeholders as soon as more information is available.

At the same time, the IOC is fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games
Tokyo 2020, as was recently outlined again in the following statement:

The BTF would like to thank the host nations, the organising committees and all the
participants involved for their support and tremendous efforts in dealing with this
extraordinary situation.