Boxing passage to Olympics needs to change say PGAs

first_imgPacific and Oceania boxing bodies want to pull out of its current affiliation to Asia and have its own qualifying competition for future Olympic Games.Pacific Games Associations (PGA), members of the bigger Pacific Games Council (PGC) and amateur boxing bodies from Oceania want a change in pathway to the Olympic Games.Currently for the Rio Olympics next year, Oceania boxers come under Asia for qualification.“This matter was raised with Robin (Mitchell- ONOC President) and also President Bach, the IOC President that we are concerned especially now that boxing is a member of Asian Boxing Federation and its no-longer an Oceania Boxing Federation, and we are very concerned especially where a lot of members invested a lot of money in their boxers and the qualification now its even harder and we not recognising our region,” said Marcus Stephens, chairman of the PGC’s Sports Committee.“Probably for Rio, it’s a bit too late but maybe after Rio, in Japan we’ll looking at that particular issue.”Dr Mitchell says he’ll be meeting up with President Bach on this matter next week and also with the President of the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the IOC Congress. PACNEWSlast_img read more