World medalists to get direct berths in the first Olympic qualifier: BFI

NEW DELHI: The medal winners at the next World Championships for men and women, which will be held in Russia, will obtain direct positions in the Indian boxing teams for the first Olympic qualification tournaments next year.

Confirming what PTI first reported on July 25, the Indian Boxing Federation ( BFI ) has officially established the selection plan for the classifieds for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The medalist of AIBA (male) World Championship 2019 will be sent directly to the first Olympic qualifier to be held in China, read the minutes of a meeting of a BFI meeting which attended by its brass, the coaching staff, and the selection committee members.

"Selection criteria (Women): the Gold/Silver medallist of AIBA World Championship will be sent directly to the first Olympic qualifier in China."

While the men's event begins in Ekaterinberg from September 9, the women's competition will begin on October 3 in Ulan-Ude, also in Russia.

For the Olympic categories in which the Indians cannot win any medals in these events, the federation has decided to conduct tests among the four best fighters of that division based on the performance ratings awarded by the respective coaches.

The first Olympic qualifier will be held in February next year, followed by the second and last in May.

For the May event, the Indian Open medal winners, which will be held in March, will get direct berths, while the rest will be selected based on evidence.

The best player in the India Open will be selected. In case the scenario is not clear, there will be tests between the two best boxers of the India Open, selected by the main coaches and the selection committee. Selection tests will be carried out between the 3rd and 4th. April 2020, read in the minutes of the meeting.

The Tokyo Olympics will feature eight categories for men (52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg, 91 kg, + 91 kg) and five for women (51 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg , 69 kg, 75 kg).