GOVERNING BODY FOR THE SPORT
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPICS OR THE OLYMPIC TEAM
Boxers qualify for the Olympic Games through regional qualifying tournaments in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The number of boxers accepted from any region depends upon the strength of boxing in the region.
There are ten men's and three women's boxing events, one for each weight category. A country can enter a maximum of one athlete per weight category. The host nation is allocated a maximum of six places (if not otherwise qualified). There is a limit of 250 male and 36 female boxers.
At the Olympics, boxers are paired off at random (without regard to ranking) and fight in a single-elimination tournament. However, unlike most Olympic events, the loser in each semi-final bout receives a bronze medal.