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.