GB BOXING has selected the 10 men and three women that will have an opportunity to qualify for Rio 2016 when they compete at the European Continental Qualification Event in Samsun, Turkey, 7-18 April 2016.
The event is the first of four Olympic qualification events this year and has 36 places at Rio 2016 up-for-grabs. Three places are available at each of the 10 men’s weights and two slots are on offer in each of three women’s weight categories.
The 13 person squad selected by GB Boxing, which is made-up of 12 English boxers and one from Wales, includes:
· Reigning Olympic flyweight champion, Nicola Adams
· Wales’ 2015 European Champion, Joe Cordina
· 2014 Comm. Games gold medallists, Joe Joyce, Antony Fowler and Savannah Marshall
· 2015 Euro Champs silver medallists, Muhammad Ali, Qais Ashfaq and Pat McCormack
The full team is:
Nicola Adams: England – Flyweight (51kg)
Chantelle Cameron: England – Lightweight (60kg)
Savannah Marshall: England – Middleweight (75kg)
Galal Yafai: England – Light-flyweight (49kg)
Muhammad Ali: England – Flyweight (52kg)
Qais Ashfaq: England – Bantamweight (56kg)
Joe Cordina: Wales – Lightweight (60kg)
Pat McCormack: England – Light-welterweight (64kg)
Cyrus Pattinson: England – Welterweight (69kg)
Antony Fowler: England – Middleweight (75kg)
Joshua Buatsi: England – Light-heavyweight (81kg)
Lawrence Okolie: England – Heavyweight (91kg)
Joe Joyce: England – Super-heavyweight (91kg+)
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “The boxers’ preparations have been very good with a number of training camps and competitions over the last six months and we have selected those that the senior coaches and I feel are in the best form and are deserving of this opportunity to qualify for Rio.
“For some of the boxers that have missed out on selection for the first qualifier there is a big incentive to maintain their form and performance and try to get themselves picked for the other qualification events later this year.
“The Olympic qualification process for boxing is tough. There is no doubt that this will be a difficult tournament, as the competition is stiff and there are not too many qualification places available, however this is a talented group of boxers and I am confident that if they can maintain the standards of performance they have shown recently then they will give themselves every chance of securing a place at Rio.”
There will be three further Olympic qualification events for boxing following the European Continental Qualifier.
First up will be the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 6 -18 May 2016. This is the final Olympic qualifying event for women when four places will be available at each of the three Olympic weight categories.
Following this there will be two further opportunities for men to qualify for Rio 2016:
· World Olympic Qualification Tournament, Baku, Azerbaijan, 14-26 June 2016 (39 places at Rio will be available)
· APB / WSB Olympic Qualification Tournament, date and venue TBC (26 places at Rio will be available)
Further information on the squad and its progress at the European Continental Qualifier will be available once the tournament gets underway at www.gbboxing.org.uk and by following @gbboxing on Twitter.