LONDON (AP) — The head of amateur boxing’s governing body sees the Olympic debut of women’s boxing as one of his major achievements. Now he plans to do more.
Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Amateur Boxing Association, said Saturday he wants to see more female boxers at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
AIBA plans to ask the IOC to increase the sport’s overall athlete allocation so women’s boxing will have more than London’s 36 fighters in three weight classes. Wu is in good position to do that lobbying as a newly elected member of the IOC’s executive board.
Women’s boxing was approved as an Olympic medal sport in 2009. But the IOC wouldn’t increase the sport’s athlete allocation, forcing AIBA to trim its men’s field to accommodate the women.