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IOC: No Women's Boxing at Beijing 2008

By October 28, 2005

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The International Olympic Committee has rejected a bid to introduce women’s boxing at the 2008 Games in Beijing. The IOC did, however, increase the total number of female competitors by increasing from 10 to 12 teams in women's soccer, hockey and handball and by adding a women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase. The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) will likely make another bid in 2009 for inclusion in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Given the IOC's foolish decision to kick out women's softball, it's hard to imagine that women's boxing is on their short list for approval.


November 30, 2006 at 10:14 am
(1) NIcole says:

i am a female boxer myself, and when i found out that women’s's boxing was not accepted in the 2008 games it was a slap to my face. Females deserve the chance to show that they can box too, it is not like they have special needs to box, no, they box just like the men so why can they not particapate and represent their country. I know it is too late for women’s’ boxing in 2008 but im really hoping for 2012 to be different because i would like to be one of those women comepeting and making my country proud.

November 9, 2007 at 2:12 am
(2) Monk says:

So what are we going to do? Sit around and wait for the IOC to “give” us an opening at 2012. There was/is/will be too many skilled women in the sport who need to be seen by the rest of the world in order to take us seriously. We female boxers (and non-boxers) need to come together and let the IOC know that 2012 is our year. The only sport in the Olympics without female representation? It’s the 21st century… All athletes and spectators should be coming together for this issue. I guess some people forget others have helped pave the way for their sport to be part of the Olympics!

July 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm
(3) Guy says:

I’m a boxing fan and a male. I think the decision stinks. Women should be allowed to compete and there also should be much more coverage of professional women’s boxing too. It’s almost never on TV. They used to cover it better years ago, what the H_-l happened?

August 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(4) Keyona Washburn says:

I am a Female Amateur Boxer and when I found out that the International Olympic Committee had rejected the bid to introduce Women’s Boxing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic’s I was heart broken, because as a boxer I am looking foward to the 2012 Olympic’s. I pray that the International Olympic Committee will make another bid in 2009 to introduce Women’s Boxing in the Olympic’s for 2012, because I know that for myself when it comes to Boxing, it’s not just a sport to me it’s my JOB, and career. I train like a fighter- not like “a girl”. So Women’s Boxing is just as much as a sport as Men’s Boxing, and all we (I) want is “A Chance”, to compete in the Olympics and represent our country.

August 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm
(5) Southpaw360 says:

I have to say I was disappointed by this as well. I’m 16 and I’m a girl boxer, and my biggest dreams are to become Olympic Champion. I hope they will accept it at the 2012 games, cause I will be more than willing to compete for my country and make the U.S. proud of its boxing once again!

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