European and American qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 suspended

European and American qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 suspended

The European boxing qualifier for Tokyo 2020 was officially suspended on Monday after two days of fighting. However, the tournament, which began last Saturday in London, had to be stopped in a momentous decision by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF), decision the World Boxing Association (WBA) applauds.

The American qualifier, which was supposed to be rescheduled in May, has also been suspended, the IOC explained in a statement.

The various measures taken around the world to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic forced a halt to the competition. The IOC assured in the document that the intention is to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home and carry out quarantine.

The BTF will continue to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June. The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it will inform all stakeholders as soon as more information is available

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Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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