AIR DATE: Mar 03 2021 08:50UTC
EPISODE: Episode 14
Boxing 2021 Tokyo | Special Episode
IABA. IOC. Some news from Tokyo Olympics on this episode, while Spain is currently hosting a tournament, the 35th annual Boxam, Paris was announced as the location for the European qualifiers. Join us on our on-going exploration of the Olympics to be held in Tokyo 2021, featuring Christian from the Friday Night Panel, and the route to the ring. Watch TalkinFight weekdays at 12, 4, 7, and 8:30pm EST on YouTube or LIVE at talkinfight.com/live @Olympic @IOC Media @Abroad in Japan @boxam @paris #paris
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[, Music, ], hello, there talk and fight fans around the world welcome once again to another episode of the olympics.
It’S a special episode featuring christian from the friday night panel and it’s basically run up to the olympics, taking place in tokyo in july.
What do you have for us today? Christian? Well, graham, you know how uh the last little while you’ve been asking me that, and i said i’ve got greatness.
I can tell you that there’s been no major rule changes, no personnel, no venue.
No, i can’t do that today.
We actually do have some announcements to make uh that are going to affect olympics and the olympic boxing in general uh.
So this is actually the end of the follow-up to a story that we’ve been covering for the last little.
While now, specifically regarding the tokyo, organizing committee and the recent departure of its head and replacement, so just to finish things off here, the the tokyo olympic games organ – this is the organization committee we’re talking about they’re, set to add 12 new female directors to its executive Board now this move comes after uh long time president yoshiro mori was forced to quit after making sexist remarks.
His female replacement, seiko hashimoto, aims to have the women make up 40 of the board members uh the changes uh just five months before the games begin, come after public outrage over mr moore’s complaint that women talk too much in meetings.
So the committee’s chief ex the committee’s chief executive tashiro muda, said on tuesday that the group planned to add 12 new female directors to its board, raising the total number of women on the board up to 42 uh.
He was quoted as saying uh, it’s possible to add 12 more members, so we decided to add 12 women to the board of directors.
He said this during a meeting uh sorry, during a meeting of the executive board, the organizers agreed to a rule change allowing a maximum of 45 members uh, which is up from the current level.
35 members miss hashimoto said that the new members would be announced after the approval, after being approved by committee members.
Uh that’s happening later today, mr hashimoto herself, a seven-time olympian.
I think we’ve talked about uh regarding the she also said regarding the promoting of gender equality.
I believe that is necessary to take swift action and provide solid results in order to rebuild trust in the organization committee, organizing committee, sorry, mr morey had uh or more, i depend on the pronunciation there had previously uh commented that that should the number of female board Members be increased that they would have to quote make sure that their speaking time was somewhat limited, as they have difficulty finishing, which can be annoying.
According to mr mori, he later apologized for his inappropriate statement, adding that the priority was to make sure that the olympics were held this upcoming july.
So i’m glad that we can put this one to bed.
Uh we’ve got a new committee head who’s, fulfilling the committee’s mandate to move closer to gender equality as well as equal representation.
So that’s all good news out of japan this morning, but moving along to a story.
That’S frankly baffling the location has finally been announced for the rescheduled european qualifier, drumroll, paris, paris.
What paris has been trojan now paris has been chosen, the stage the rearranged, uh rescheduled european qualifier, for the postponed olympic games in tokyo uh.
The bbc brought us this one.
This morning, uh blew my mind.
The international olympic committee uh boxing task force the btf, which is organizing the qualifiers, confirmed that the french capital had replaced london as the host city.
For the event, the btf said it had selected.
Paris quote as part of its initial commitment to organize its events in host countries of recent or upcoming olympic games because of the opportunity to continue to benefit from its already established relationship with the local organizing committee, which was originally entrusted to organize the now cancelled final World qualifier, so budapest had been emerged, had emerged as the favorite to stage the rest rescheduled, competition uh, now being held from june 4th to 8th and the hungarian boxing federation had gone so far as to provisionally book a venue on those dates to host this uh.
Copper box on the queen elizabeth olympic park had originally been due to host the event which began, as we know about a year ago before it was being suspended after just three days of competition due to coven 19 uh outbreak.
So the boxing task force was responsible for the qualifiers and for the boxing tournament at tokyo, 2020 after the ioc suspended the international boxing association’s olympic recognition.
We’Ve talked about that before decided to move the event from london in january.
Amid concerns over a surge that was happening in britain at the time, so the ioc is deemed paris was too dangerous for the world qualifier but safe enough for the european qualifier uh and there’s been no talk of reestablishing the world qualifier.
So i don’t know about you, graham, but i’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this one, i’m stunned, i i don’t know what to say.
I mean because it’s not like either one of them is going to be a small tournament.
I mean even what the tournament we’re looking at in spain right now, which is smaller than the one that took place last week in bulgaria, is still seeing uh close to 200 boxers fighting the the olympic games are going to have over 200.
This is the you know this european qualifier is going to have you know 170 plus boxers coming.
So it’s not like it’s limiting the numbers by going to a uh, the european as opposed to the world qualifier.
So i’m just not sure how they’re justifying unless this is just them back peddling going.
We never should have canceled the world qualifier.
That is and sorry what was the date they selected for the european qualifies june, 4th to 8th.
No, so it’s highly unlikely there’ll be a world qualifiers between then and july.
I’M hazarding a guess, but no i mean that’s.
I mean they’ve already said it’s canceled they’re already looking they’ll be making the announcement in may who is qualified based on ranking so due to the cancelled world qualifier.
I i believe at least we’ll be making some kind of announcement in in may directly regarding that, whether they’re going to be taking tournament rankings into account right up until the tournament they haven’t said what their actual cut-off date is yet, okay, so i’m not sure so.
Officially, then, the only one we’re looking for now is the americas.
Buenos aires yeah.
That’S scheduled for ben buenos aires, yeah, okay, so we’re just waiting.
So now we have, we have venues, we have dates.
We have locations uh, it’s just a matter of hoping that.
There’S no major like outbreaks or flare-ups, or anything like that between now and those tournaments to get them recanceled or rescheduled again hard to say now, let’s jump off that for a quick second here, graeme uh, because i know we were talking a little bit about boxing Yesterday, which is the tournament that is currently going on in spain, uh and we’re gon na, be looking a little further into that one as the week progresses and we get a little closer to the finals there.
But this is one of those tournaments that, due to the cancelled paris tournament, which i guess we can’t call it anymore, because now there is going to be a paris tournament uh, so it’s cancelled.
This is one of those tournaments that now is is really helping out.
These boxers, with their world rankings, so we’ve been paying a bit closer attention and again we’ll be looking a little closer into it as we get a little further into the week uh as we get closer to the finals, it’s gon na be running till the sixth Out of the gate, though, as we’ve been talking uh about some boxing nations that we don’t always hear about here in the west, kazakhstan like in bulgaria last week is off to a running start at this tournament.
The 2021 international boxing tournament uh boxing is currently underway.
In castellian, spain, three and three kazakh boxers so far have claimed victories on day.
One of the tournament pardon me uh, cybercon, martin, from panama on the fly white category of that’s 52 kilograms, uh kazakhstani, al ablakhan, zhushpov left no chances of the french boxer hugo growl.
In the welterweight category, at 69, 69 kilograms and zakir safulan of kazakhstan defeated abdel haknadir of morocco in the light welterweight category, it’s uh 63 kilograms.
So all three of those uh kazakh boxes are now going to be making it onto the next round of the tournament, and this is going to be running through to the six, so we’re moving into the quarter finals at this point in time.
This tournament itself didn’t have uh quite the same uh.
Well as we’ve thought before you, these boxers aren’t bouncing week after week into new tournaments right.
You do have a bit of downtime that you need.
You know for recovery for training, both mental and physical, for both of those things.
So a lot of the names that we sold names that we saw fighting last week in sofia, we’re not seeing fighting this week in spain, uh so sofia being the older tournament and arguably the more prestigious of the two uh being in its 50th year versus the 35Th, uh or sorry 72nd year for for sophia versus the 35th year.
For this particular tournament, the attendance was a little bit a little bit less.
We had less boxes registering for this tournament than we did in sofia, so a number of boxers were just on draws.
Uh, including uh, like mc mary comb out of india, um jumped automatically just jumped right through to the quarterfinals on draws alone, just based on the number of entrants that they had for this one.
So once we move into the quarterfinals we’re going to see some names that we start to recognize a little bit more and we’re going to see some good action so the day two is going on right now.
Once again, the aiba is providing uh streaming uh links on their facebook page, not on the website.
I don’t believe for some reason, but you can find it through their facebook, page and that’ll be running through the early afternoon.
If you’re looking to find see some more of that preliminary action as we move into the quarters and semis awesome right on okay, thanks very much christian appreciate the update um is that it for today those are the big headlines on the day.
Yeah! That’S that’s! The big ones, not pressuring you at all just uh, just curious that uh, you were pausing for a breath there, or that was it.
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Okay, thanks chris and we’ll see you tomorrow, we’ll see you tomorrow have a good one.