The International Olympic Council’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF) has confirmed that the Asian-Oceania Tokyo 2020 boxing qualifying event will be held in Amman, Jordan, from 3-11 March instead of Wuhan.
The event, originally planned to take place in the Chinese city from 3-14 February, was rescheduled after yesterday’s joint decision by the BTF and the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) to cancel the competition due to the developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 40 people have died from the virus infection with at close to 1,500 infected globally. Wuhan itself is under a lock-down with restrictions on all travel and public gatherings.
“After a careful review of all alternatives, the BTF approved the proposal of the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) today, in order to confirm the competition dates and location as soon as possible, in the best interest of the athletes preparing for the qualifier,” said the IOC in their statement.
Logistical and operational details will be shared with National Olympic Committees (NOCs), National Federations and officials in the coming days.
The BTF thanked all the NOCs that offered their support to re-organise the competition at such short notice.
The IOC in June took over the competition and suspended the international boxing federation due to issues with its finances and governance. The body has been in turmoil over its finances and governance for years with the federation US$16 million in debt.
A large number of boxing officials have also been suspended for their role in fixing matches