USA Boxing 2020 Olympic Games Athlete Selection Procedures Update

Jan. 24, 2019, 1:32 p.m. (ET)

Following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) congress held in November 2018, the IOC has announced that 2020 Olympic Qualification Guidelines for Boxing have yet to be finalized. Without Olympic Qualification Guidelines, USA Boxing is unable to finalize its Athlete Selection Procedures to provide the process for USA Boxing athletes to advance from domestic to international competitions in their attempts to qualify for and participate at the 2020 Olympic Games.


Despite the inability to finalize athlete selection procedures, USA Boxing would like to provide an overview of the projected procedures, based on the current information received from AIBA, to give USA Boxing athletes as much notice and information as possible to plan for 2019 and 2020.


The following process is what USA Boxing plans to implement to select athletes to compete at Olympic qualifying events in 2019 and 2020. This information is subject to change and will be updated after the 2020 Olympic Qualification Guidelines are published.


Athlete Selection to 2019 Olympic Qualifying Events


The following process summarizes the selection process that will be utilized by USA Boxing to select athletes to compete in Olympic qualifying events that are anticipated to take place in 2019.


2019 Elite Athlete Selection Process


Athletes are invited into the 2019 High Performance Squad by achieving any of the following results:


  • Placing in the top two (2) of the 2018 USA Boxing Elite National Championships in a weight class to be contested at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,
  • Top four (4) finish at the 2017 or 2018 Elite World Championships in an Olympic weight category
  • Top two (2) finish at the 2018 Youth World Championships
  • *2017 USA Boxing Elite National Champion who won 75% or more of the elite international competition bouts he or she competed at in 2018.


Once selected to the High Performance Squad, athletes will be eligible for opportunities to participate in High Performance training camps and international competitions during the first three (3) months of 2019. The selection of athletes to compete at the anticipated 2019 Olympic qualifying events will be based on the performance and training results of the 2019 High Performance Squad as outlined below.


*Boxer must have competed in a minimum of four (4) bouts to meet this marker.


Each athlete who participates as a member of the 2019 High Performance Squad in a USA Boxing High Performance training camp and/or international competition from January 1- March 31, 2019, will be evaluated by the USA Boxing High Performance Staff, which is composed of the National Head Coach, National Assistant Coach, National Strength & Conditioning Coach, and High Performance Manager.


The evaluation of all High Performance Squad athletes will be based on the High Performance Review Guidelines, listed in Attachment A, and will take place following the completion of all High Performance Squad events between January 1-March 31, 2019. The High Performance Staff will utilize the USA Boxing Athlete Assessment Form, provided in Attachment B.  The High Performance Reviews for all athletes will be provided to the High Performance Selection Committee for consideration to participate in the anticipated 2019 Olympic qualifying events. The High Performance Selection Committee is composed of the USA Boxing High Performance Director, USA Boxing Executive Director, and the USOC Boxing AAC Representative. The Selection Committee is responsible for reviewing athlete selections. Priority will be given to the highest ranked athletes from the reviews as provided from the High Performance Staff.


 

As of January 2019, USA Boxing anticipates the following competitions to be Olympic qualifying events in 2019:


-2019 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships (September 7-21, 2019 – Yekateringburg, Russia)

-2019 AIBA Elite Women’s World Championships (TBD - October 2019 – Ulan Ude, Russia)

-World Series of Boxing Season IV – Elite Men Only (TBD – October 2019 – February 2020)



If the U.S. qualifies an athlete for the 2020 Olympic Games, by name, through the 2019 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships or the 2019 AIBA Elite Women’s World Championships, the weight category that the athlete qualified in will be closed from the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing.


Following the completion of the 2019 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships and 2019 AIBA Elite Women’s World Championships, any weight category that the U.S. has not qualified will be contested at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing, as outlined below, to determine athlete selection for *2020 Olympic qualifying events.


 

Athlete Selection to 2020 Olympic Qualifying Events


The following process summarizes the selection process that will be utilized by USA Boxing to select athletes to compete in Olympic qualifying events that are anticipated to take place in 2020.


2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing


The following summarizes the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing Qualification Guidelines, as well as the selection process that will be utilized by USA Boxing to select athletes to compete in the 2020 USA Boxing Men’s & Women’s Olympic Trials.


2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing Weight Categories


The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing will consist of a maximum of eight (8) athletes per each of the following 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games weight categories*:

 

Men's Weight Category Women's Weight Category

 52 kg

48-51 kg
 57 kg 54-57 kg
 63 kg 57-60 kg
 69 kg 64-69 kg
 75 kg 69-75 kg
 81 kg  
 91 kg  
 91+ kg  

 

* The Olympic weight categories for the 2020 Tokyo Games have not yet been approved by the IOC.


The exact number of weight categories contested at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing is dependent on the remaining Olympic nomination places not qualified by U.S. athletes in 2019.


If a U.S. athlete earns an Olympic nomination, by name, through any of the anticipated Olympic qualifying events in 2019 listed above, the qualified weight category will NOT be contested for the purposes of naming an athlete to the anticipated Olympic qualifying events in 2020. If a U.S. athlete earns an Olympic nomination through any of the anticipated Olympic qualifying events in 2019, the qualified weight category will be contested at the 2019 Elite National Championships in conjunction with the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing using the same competition format.  HOWEVER, the results will determine the ranking of athletes who may be selected to compete in any remaining anticipated Olympic qualifying events in 2020, should the athlete who earned the Olympic nomination be unable to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for whatever reason.


2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing Qualification Pathways


In order to compete at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing, athletes must qualify, by placing in the top two (2), at one of the following Olympic Trials Qualification Pathways:

  1. 2018 USA Boxing Elite National Championships
  2. 2019 Western Olympic Trials Qualifier
  3. 2019 Eastern Olympic Trials Qualifier
  4. 2019 Last Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier

In the case that an athlete qualifies in more than one weight category, he or she must declare in writing, by the registration deadline (Date TBD) as to which weight category he or she will participate because athletes cannot participate in more than one weight category at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing. The qualification of the weight category that he or she does not participate in will be reallocated to the next placed boxer in the same weight category from the same qualification pathway. If the next placed boxer declines the opportunity or has already qualified in the same weight category from another Olympic Trials Qualification Pathway, the qualification of the weight category will be reallocated to the next placed boxer in the same weight category from the same Olympic Trials Qualification Pathway. This process will be followed up until the 8th place finisher. If the 8th place finisher does not accept the qualification, the qualification place will go unfilled.  This same process of reallocation will be followed in the case that a boxer declines his or her qualification and does not participate in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s & Women’s Boxing.




As of January 2019, USA Boxing anticipates the following competitions to be Olympic qualifying events in 2020:


-2020 AMBC Elite Men’s & Women’s Continental Olympic Qualifier (TBD - 2020)

-2020 AIBA Elite Men’s Final World Qualifier (TBD - 2020)

 

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