Olympic Committee to Make Huge Call on Boxing, Weightlifting at Paris Olympics 2024

Published 10/29/2021, 1:22 PM EDT
IOC President Thomas Bach arrives at a meeting with Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto at the Tokyo 2020 Headquarters on July 13, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS


Cuba dominated the boxing event, while China made it to the top in weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, the future of both the sports at the Paris Olympics 2024 is hanging by a thread.

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Because of issues in governance, both the sports featuring in France are in trouble. IOC President has made a statement on the future of sports at the mega-quadrennial games.

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IOC President will make the decision soon

Weightlifting and boxing both have been part of the Summer Olympics for more than a century. Boxing was introduced in 1904, whereas weightlifting appeared initially in 1896, and then regularly from 1920.

However, the International Olympic Committee is not happy with the governance of both the sports at mega games. The IOC president Thomas Bach has finally opened up on the future of sports.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight – Quarterfinal – KKG – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Mourad Aliev of France refuses to leave a ringside after the referee disqualified him during a fight with Cheavon Clarke of Britain REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Bach said, “We are quite concerned because in these two federations there are problems of good governance and that is why we are currently monitoring them very closely.”

He further added, “We will make a decision as soon as possible in the interest of the athletes.” Bach also revealed the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) are being monitored.

During the Tokyo Olympics 2020, IOC had stopped AIBA from hosting boxing events. And, the IOC had to set up a special task force to organize the events. The careers of many athletes are at stake, waiting eagerly for IOC to decide about their sport’s appearance.

When will Paris Olympics 2024 start?

The Paris Olympics 2024, is slated to take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024. 32 sports and 306 events will compete in France. Notably, breakdancing will be a new sport to be featured at the mega-quadrennial games. Recently added to the Olympic sports list, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will also be a part of the Paris games.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Skateboarding – Women’s Park – Final – Ariake Urban Sports Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Sky Brown of Britain in action REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File photo SEARCH “BEST OF THE TOKYO OLYMPICS” FOR ALL PICTURES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

Unfortunately, baseball, softball, and karate athletes will miss the chance to compete, as the sports have been removed. IOC gives the host country authority to select the sports they want to be part of the games.

What do you think will be the future of weightlifting and boxing at the Paris Olympics in 2024?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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