The four continental competitions began on 11 March with the African Qualification Event in Yaoundé, Cameroon, offering 33 Rio 2016 spots and the American Qualification Event in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires with 30 Olympic places available.
On 25 March, boxers from Asia and Oceania met in Qian’an, China, in pursuit of the region’s 36 allocated places, before the Turkish city of Samsun hosted the European Olympic Qualification Event on 9 April, offering 36 further tickets for August’s competition.
“This has been a hugely important month in boxing, and successfully staging four first-class continental qualifying events in such a short space of time is testament to the hard work and spirit of cooperation between the National Federations, Confederations and Local Organising Committees and AIBA. My congratulations to those boxers whose efforts have been rewarded with qualification for Rio, and I eagerly look forward to our forthcoming last qualification events,” declared AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.
The occasion of the four Olympic Qualifiers was also used to ratify the HeadsUp Charter, AIBA’s ongoing commitment to the development and sustainability of boxers’ careers. The document was signed by National Federation Presidents Bertrand Mendouga of Cameroon and Eyup Gözgeç of Turkey, as well as Oceania Boxing Confederation President Ted Tanner, underlining the commitment of the AIBA community to pursue the development of boxing from grassroots to elite level and ensure the reach of boxing into every corner of the globe with new initiatives building on the four pillars of the HeadsUp corporate programme.
Ted Terry, Oceania Boxing Confederation President added: ”Firstly, I proudly congratulate those Oceania boxers who have won their quotas for the Olympic Games in Rio. Furthermore, the OCBC strongly supports the ‘HeadsUp’ program specially that it is being incorporated into national R&J and Coach Certification courses”
Three further opportunities to qualify now remain for those athletes left seeking the final Olympic places. The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 19-27 May with the final 12 women’s berths available, before the men’s AOB World Olympic Qualification Event in Azerbaijan from 14-26 June and July’s APB-WSB Olympic Qualification Tournament take the final total of boxers at Rio 2016 up to 286.