Teams arrive for Olympic boxing qualifier in Jordan

Teams arrive for Olympic boxing qualifier in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, February 26, 2020: Jordan is on track to hosting a successful Asia/Oceania boxing qualifying tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to the local organising committee.

Amman will host the qualifier from March 3-11 after stepping in at short notice following the withdrawal of original host city Wuhan in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Wuhan was set to organise the event from February 3-14.

Jordan was chosen from five nations as a late replacement for Wuhan and, despite having only 45 days to prepare, fans can expect a world-class event at Prince Hamzeh Hall in Amman’s Al Hussein Youth City.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Nasser Majali was joined at a press conference - held in the Generations for Peace headquarters on Sunday - by Pedro Meloni, Competition Manager for the IOC-appointed Boxing Task Force, and Zaid Sarayrah, LOC Communications Manager.

Majali presented the latest logistical preparations and confirmed that several teams had already arrived in Amman with more arriving each day.

Majali also highlighted the role of sponsors and partners for stepping in at the 11th hour to support the event, while Meloni explained the qualification system that will enable 63 boxers – 41 male and 22 female – to qualify for the Olympic Games.

There will be over 250 boxers taking part, with eight weights in the men’s competition and five for the women.