Potential New Members Being Considered for Inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Boxing Team


Potential New Members Being Considered for Inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Boxing Team

World Boxing, a breakaway governing body, is currently in talks with 25 to 30 prospective new member nations in hopes of becoming the preferred partner of the International Olympic Committee for running boxing tournaments at the Los Angeles Games in 2028. This comes after the International Boxing Association was expelled from the Olympic movement last year due to various disputes with the IOC.

According to World Boxing secretary-general Simon Toulson, there has been a significant increase in interest from nations to join World Boxing since the decision to end IBA’s Olympic affiliation was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on April 2. Currently, World Boxing has 27 full members including countries like the United States, England, Germany, and the Philippines, but lacks diversity in terms of geographical representation.

Toulson mentioned that there is a strong likelihood of new members joining from Africa and Asia, with potential membership numbers in those continents nearly doubling once prospective members are included. The IOC is currently organizing the Paris Olympic boxing events on its own this year but has made it clear that they cannot continue to do so indefinitely. Without a new partner governing body in place by early next year, boxing may be excluded from the Olympic program in 2028.

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