Buenos Aires Boxing Olympic Qualification event suspended

Americas Road to Tokyo qualifier will not take place as scheduled due to Coronavirus measures with IOC Boxing Task Force "doing its utmost to find the best solution"

By Rory Jiwani

The Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 qualifying event for the Americas, scheduled to be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 26 March to 3 April, has been suspended.

The IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) announced the decision on Wednesday (11 March), hours before the World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.

The BTF said, "The Local Organising Committee (LOC) informed the BTF earlier today that the government of Argentina has taken the decision to restrict all types of international events in the country with immediate effect as a precautionary measure to COVID-19.

"The BTF understands and respects the decision taken by the public authorities of Argentina during this difficult time worldwide. We are searching for the appropriate solution for this unexpected situation and will immediately inform the National Olympic Committees, National Federations and other impacted parties as soon as further information is available.

"We assure you that the BTF is doing its utmost to find the best solution."

Coronavirus also caused the postponement of the Asia and Oceania qualifier which was originally scheduled for Wuhan, the hub of the initial outbreak, in early February.

That event was switched to Jordan and took place in the capital city, Amman.


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