Women boxers will now have another lifetime goal to add to their list: winning gold at the Olympic Games.
In August 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chiefs decided that three women’s weight classes would be added to the Olympic program for the 2012 London Olympics.
“Women’s boxing has come on a tremendous amount in the last five years and it was time to include them,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge.
The three women’s weight classes include flyweight (48-51kg), lightweight (56-60kg) and middleweight (69-75kg). In order to make roomon the event schedule, one of the eleven men’s classes was discontinued.
The IOC’s decision to include women’s boxing makes the 2012 London Olympic Games the first Olympic Games that will include women contenders in every sport. There is still a difference in how many medals women can earn, but “this is a step in the right direction,” said Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.
“London 2012 will now create the first-ever generation of boxing heroines and hopefully inspire even more women to take up the sport.”
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