Three Weeks Till Boxing at the 2024 Olympics

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Just 21 days are left for the boxing tournament in Paris. The first boxing match of the 2024 Olympic Games is on July 27, a day after the opening ceremony.

Boxing kicks off at 3.30 pm with the Women’s 54 kg prelims round. This will be followed by seven days of preliminary rounds. The first medal fight will be held on August 3.

In total, 249 boxers – 125 male and 124 female – will compete in the Paris 2024 boxing tournament, overseen by the IOC Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU). There will be 13 different weight categories (7 men’s and 6 women’s).

Boxing will be hosted in two venues: the preliminary phases and the first semi-finals will be held at the North Paris Arena from July27 to August 4, while the final phases of the tournament, including all gold medal matches, will take place at the Roland-Garros Stadium from August 6-10.

The qualification pathway to Paris started in 2023, with boxing qualifier tournaments organised as part of the European Games, the Asian Games, the Pan-American Games and the Pacific Games, and serving as continental qualification stages, together with an ad-hoc African qualifier in Dakar.

It then continued in 2024 with two World Qualification Tournaments – in Busto Arsizio, Italy, and Bangkok, Thailand – that provided every athlete with up to three different qualification opportunities.

Over 2,000 boxers from 172 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Refugee Olympic Team, and Individual Neutral Athletes took part in the Boxing Road to Paris qualification series, totalling 2,115 bouts across seven tournaments in five continents over two years, with 239 quota places awarded.

Nine Universality Places were confirmed at a later stage, and one additional place allocated to the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, completing the line-up of 249 boxers who will compete in the Paris 2024 boxing tournament.

“The boxing qualification process has always put athletes first. Tournaments have been held across all continents since last year, with exciting sports competitions involving hundreds of athletes. We have delivered on our commitment to transparency, innovation and credibility,” said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell.

Among the athletes already qualified is refugee Cindy Ngamba, who secured a spot at Paris 2024 during the first World Qualification Tournament in March this year. The boxer will be part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) Refugee Olympic Team, composed of 36 athletes representing the over 100 million displaced people around the world.

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