Following our yesterday’s report on Athletics Ireland’s London 2012 qualification guidelines, today we bring news from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association on that same subject, taking into consideration of course the guidelines of the AIBA, the sports ruling body.
The Olympic qualification guidelines for the 2011 AIBA World Senior Men’s Championships have been confirmed.
The 2011 Men’s AIBA World Senior Championships and first Olympic qualifiers will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan between September 22nd and October 10th.
Boxers finishing in a top ten position in eight of the ten weight categories – light-flyweight, flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, light- welterweight, welterweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight – will qualify for the 2012 Olympics
Boxers reaching the quarter-finals (top eight) in Baku are guaranteed Olympic berths. The remaining two places will go to the boxers that lost to the eventual gold and silver medallist in the last-16 stage in their weight categories.
Heavyweights and super-heavyweights will have to finish in a top six position. Likewise, the four boxers reaching the semi-finals will automatically qualify for the 30th Olympiad. The remaining two places will go to the boxers that lost to the eventual gold and silver medallists in their weight categories.
There will be one final Olympic qualifier for European boxers (and per various Continent) in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2012.
A reminder that the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers will be at the May 2012 AIBA World Women’s Championships in Qinhuangdao, China therefore Katie Taylor and any other Irish boxers taking part will need to reach the quarter finals at least to be eligible to take part in London 2012.
What do we know about Qinhuangdao? Preliminary rounds of the 2008 Beijing Olympic soccer tournament took place there. A thriving sea port and Summer resort on the Bo Hai Sea it boasts a population of some 2.7 million