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LA BOXING Applauds Women's boxingadded to 2012 London Games
SANTA ANA, CA--(LAB NEWS WIRE) – August 14, 2009 - Women’s boxing willmake its Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, giving all 26 sports on theprogram female and male competitors.The International Olympic Committee added the event to the program on Thursdayduring a meeting of the executive board.“It’s long overdue,” said Carl Kosnar, Managing Partner of The Kosnar Group,franchise development consultants for LA BOXING Franchise Corporation. IOCpresident Jacques Rogge added. “The sport of women’s boxing has progressed a lot,a tremendous amount, in the last five years. It was about time to include it in theOlympic Games.”Female boxers will compete in three weight classes, with 12 competitors each inflyweight, lightweight and middleweight. To make room for the 36 boxers, one of the11 men’s classes will be dropped.“We made an internal adjustment ... to keep the quota,” international boxingfederation president C.K. Wu said. “This is a very important guideline by the IOC.(If) you want to increase the quota, it’s not easy.”The IOC has a limit of 286 boxers in the Olympics, so only 250 men will be allowedto compete in London. Still, the men will fight for 10 medals while the womencompete for three.“There are still major disparities in the number of medals women can win comparedto men but this is a step in the right direction,” British Olympics Minister TessaJowell said.Like men’s boxing, the women’s competition will be confined to amateurs.“We don’t allow professionals,” said Wu, who added that the world championshipswould likely serve as the qualifying competition.Four years ago, women’s boxing was rejected as an Olympic sport for failing toreach standards of medical safety and universality.