Women's boxing given great hope at Sportaccord

March 30, 2009, 10:49 a.m. (ET)

AIBA Women's World Championships Ningbo City 2008 81kg bronze medallist Tiffanie Hearn has been heartened by the reaction of the 2009 Sportaccord  participants towards the International Boxing Federation's (AIBA) proposal to the IOC to include women's boxing in the 2012  Olympic Games.

American Hearn, 25, has been present all week in the AIBA stand, which promoted two of AIBA's key projects (the other being the World Series of Boxing) at Sportaccord 2009 in Denver, USA, which concludes Friday. 

"The members here at Sportaccord have been extremely supportive," Hearn, who is the US national champion said. "This week has given me great hope and encouragement that women's boxing will be included in the 2012 Olympic Games. That is my dream, that is the dream of all the female boxers around the world. We hope our dream will become a reality. 

"Considering the level of women's boxing today and the amount it has improved in recent years, we are all hoping that the IOC will allow us to compete on the ultimate sporting stage. 

The IOC Executive Board will make a decision on whether women's boxing will be included in the 2012 Olympic Games at its Congress in October 2009. 

AIBA has put forward a proposal to the IOC which includes the introduction of 40 female boxers across five weight categories - 47kg, 53kg, 60kg, 69kg and 75kg.
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