Women's Boxing to be Included in Youth Olympic Games
Women’s boxing is all set to add another glorious chapter to its already growing repute. After the International Olympics Committee (IOC) decided to include women’s boxing program in the 2012 London Olympics, the sport will now makes its debut in the second edition of Youth Olympics in 2014.
IOC Executive Board had decided, while meeting in Durban, South Africa, to include Women Boxing in the official program of the Youth Olympic Games for the Nanjing 2014 Games. Women’s boxing is one of two new sports added to the program of the Youth Olympic Games for Nanjing 2014, bringing the total number of sports to the IOC’s maximum of 28 sports with 216 individual events and a total of 3,809 athletes.
The addition of the sport has been hailed by boxing community all over the world. Welcoming the decision, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, President of AIBA, the governing body for amateur boxing worldwide, said, “This decision will further enhance the development of Women Boxing from the grassroots level and help the very positive progress of AIBA’s continuous efforts to make of Women Boxing one of the most attractive competition programs in AIBA”.
Dr Wu also committed AIBA’s full support for its members’ development of women’s boxing and encouraged them to participate actively in the growing development of the sport at international level.
Brig PK Muralidharan Raja, SM, VSM, Secretary General of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was delighted with the decision and believes this development bodes well for the Indian youth women pugilists and might boost participation among young women. He said, “It is fantastic news and this alteration will provide an ideal platform to bring women’s boxing at par with the men’s event”. He added, “India performed exceptionally well at the inaugural edition of AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships in Antalya, Turkey earlier this year clinching two gold and 2 bronze medals and we will certainly have medal prospects for the 2014 games”.
Chief Coach of the Indian Youth Women’s Team D Chandralal was also pleased with IOC’s decision and expressed,“After the inclusion of the sport in 2012 Olympics we were expecting for women’s boxing to be included in the 2010 Singapore games, nevertheless I am delighted with this news and it augurs well for the young crop of women boxers in India”.