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    IOC rejects women's boxing, approves open-water swimming, women's steeplechase


    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The IOC rejected women's boxing Thursday but approved open-water swimming events and women's steeplechase for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    The International Olympic Committee executive board ratified the recommendations of its program commission for events and disciplines within the 28 existing sports in the Summer Games.

    Also approved were increases in women's teams in soccer, field hockey and handball from 10 to 12, and the replacement of doubles with team events in table tennis.

    The IOC, which is eager for gender equity in the Olympics, said the changes will bring an increase of 80 women athletes into the games. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, 59 percent of the competitors were men and 41 percent women.

    Thursday's decision means there will be 302 medal events in Beijing, one more than in Athens. The new events are also expected to remain on the program for the 2012 London Games.

    Apart from baseball, boxing is the only existing summer Olympic sport without women's events.

    But boxing has run into problems with the IOC. The IOC froze more than US$1 million in payments to the International Amateur Boxing Federation after Athens because of concerns over judging in the sport.

    Women's boxing had its first world championships in 2001, with 27 countries participating.

    IOC sports director Kelly Fairweather said the decision to reject women's boxing was taken on a ``purely technical basis.''

    ``The IOC did not feel it has reached the stage where it merits inclusion. We will watch the progress of women's boxing in the next few years,'' he said, adding that it can reapply in 2009 for inclusion in London.

    Also rejected were requests for an increase in men's basketball teams from 12 to 16 and women's softball from eight to 10; inclusion of mixed doubles in tennis, and introduction of six 50-meter swimming events for men and women. Various increases in rhythmic gymnastics, women's wrestling, women's weightlifting and taekwondo were also turned down.

    The IOC board also denied a request from the international luge federation for the inclusion of natural track events at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. The Olympics already has artificial track luge events.

    For Beijing, the IOC accepted the international swimming federation's proposal for 10-kilometer open-water events for men and women. The races, which already feature at swimming's world championships, take place in rivers, lakes or oceans.

    In track, steeplechase was the only event left in the Olympics without women. The grueling 3,000-meter race made its women's World Championships debut in Helsinki, Finland, in August. Women's pole vault and hammer events were added at recent games.

    The IOC said it was still considering increases in athletes' numbers for triathlon, cycling, modern pentathlon and fencing.

    The IOC, under president Jacques Rogge, has set a cap of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes for the Summer Olympics. Rogge has instituted a review of the program after each games.

    In July, the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball after the Beijing Games, leaving 26 sports on the program for London. Baseball and softball are pushing for a new vote in a bid for reinstatement in February.

    Also Thursday, the IOC amended its doping rules to secure ownership of all Olympic drug-testing samples for eight years in a bid to catch any drug cheats who escape detection during the games.

    The move, starting with the Turin Winter Olympics in February, allows the IOC to store the samples and reanalyze them when new testing methods become available. The IOC will be free to go back and strip any medalists retroactively.

    After the eight-year period elapses, samples will be returned to the doping lab and all codes identifying the athletes destroyed.

    On Friday, the IOC board will meet with Italian organizers to try to resolve the impasse over anti-doping rules for the Turin Games, which begin Feb. 10.

    The Italian government has refused to ease or lift the law which classifies doping as a criminal offense, meaning athletes could be arrested and jailed for drug violations during the games. Olympic regulations treat doping as a sporting infraction, with athletes subjected to disqualifications and suspensions but not criminal penalties.&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp

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    T h e N a t i o n a l G o v e r n i n g B o d y f o r O l y m p i c -
    S t yle B o x i n g

    USA Boxing’s Statement on Women’s Boxing

    (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – We are disappointed that the International Olympic Committee did not accept the International Amateur Boxing Association's (AIBA's) proposal to add the sport of women's boxing to the Olympic program for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. We will keep working to gain Olympic inclusion for women's boxing and hope to put forth a successful proposal for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    In the meantime, we remain heartened by the solid and increasing levels of female participation in grassroots and national-level boxing events. USA Boxing will continue to provide opportunities for young Americans to participate in in the Olympic movement through boxing.

    USA Boxing is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Olympic-style boxing. As the NGB, USA Boxing is responsible for the administration, development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in the United States. Headquartered at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, USA Boxing oversees a host of programs – from developing the sport and its athletes at the local, regional and national levels, to sponsoring national and international competitions to selecting teams for international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships and Pan American Games.

    Julie Goldsticker
    Director of Media and Public Relations
    USA Boxing
    (719) 866-2304

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    womens boxing fans should be glad they were rejected by the ioc...they would have made it as boring as the so called boxing they do have.

    it has been years since i gave the slightest thought to what happens in the olympic games which has become as big a political sham as the united nations.....

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    That's really too bad. There are a lot of very talented female amateur boxers that could have used that exposure for them and the sport.

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    Yeah, their decision really tamps down women's boxing as far as exposure. Not to mention it's unfair when you consider all the b.s. sports in the Olym-Pits.


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    olympic boxing

    I agree with Greg. I'd almost rather poke my eye out than watch "Olympic Style" boxing. Although from an equity standpoint, I think women should definately be included. As Rita stated, there and a ton of very talented female amateurs out there, and not just in this country. Besides, if I have to sit through f*@#ing rythmic gymnastics and curling, then I don't see why women's boxing shouldn't gain inclusion. The things that pass as "sports" in the olympics these days amaze me.

  7. #7

    Re: olympic boxing

    Well said Molly.

  8. #8

    Re: olympic boxing

    It's too bad as the young lady I put in my report last summer, LaTravia Pierce, was training specifically with Ronnie Shields for the Olympic Trials.

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    Roberto Aqui

    Re: olympic boxing

    For all you hard core lady's men and women, here's the consolation prize. Be there or be square:

    Monday, November 7 2005
    Central Prison, Pathumthani Province
    Carina Moreno vs. Nongmai Sor Siriporn (WBC Women's Straw Weight World Championship)
    Sirimongkol Singwancha vs. TBA (lightweights)
    Eight female prisoner bouts on the undercard

  10. #10

    Re: olympic boxing

    Which highway do I take? & I need directions & a translator.


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    From an esthetic or athletic standpoint, women's boxing may not be hurt by the Olympic snub. Unfortunately, ever since the Ray Leonard days, for boxing, the Olympics have really been about cash. A good showing translates into a fat contract, and is the accepted way of really launching a successful pro career. From that perspective, women are really getting shafted by the IOC's high-handedness.

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