Irish Boxing preparations for World Youth Olympics initiated

December 22, 2009

The only qualification tournament is the World Youth Championships which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12th – 25th of April 2010, with no Country permitted to qualify more than 3 boxers.

To help select a panel for the World Youth Championships for boys born in 1992 or 1993 will be held in January 2010, details as under.

Venue: National Stadium

Dates: January 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 29th.

Weigh-in: January 15th 8.30am to 10.00am and 12 noon to 1.00pm. All subsequent weigh-ins 8.30 am to 9.30am.

Age requirements: Boys born in either 1992 or 1993.

Draw: Draw will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 15th.

Weight Categories: KG. 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91, 91+.

Irish Olympic CEO Stephen Martin said that Ireland are targeting the maximum three places in boxing and expects Ireland to be represented in Athletics, Boxing, Rowing and Swimming, with qualification events taking place next year. Team size is expected to be between 6-12 athletes in total.

Note to editors:

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved  the sports competitions programme for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Singapore in 2010, as well as the qualification system for each event.

Some 3,594 athletes will compete in Singapore in 26 sports comprising 201 events. The number of sports in the programme is identical to the London 2012 programme. Each event has its own age group* competing, either 15-16 (27 events), 16-17 (111 events) or 17-18 (63 events).

The events differ significantly in order to match the age groups and interests of the young athletes. Basketball will for example be played according to the FIBA 33 formula, with teams of three playing against each other on one half-court. The most important particularity of the YOG is however the numerous mixed–gender or National Olympic Committees (NOCs) – team events in archery, athletics (medley relay), cycling (combined BMX-mountain bike-road event), equestrian, fencing, judo, modern pentathlon (relay), swimming (relay), table tennis, tennis and triathlon (relay).

The participation of all 205 NOCs is the key factor in ensuring the universality of the YOG. In each individual sport, a specific number of places for NOCs (referred to as “Universality Places”) will be reserved to ensure that at least four athletes per NOC have the possibility to participate in the YOG.

The qualification system for each sport and discipline, which was prepared in close collaboration with each International Federation (IF), strives to guarantee participation of the best athletes in their age category and to respect the principle of universality by allowing NOCs to benefit from the “Universality Places”.

For all disciplines, competitions such as Junior World Championships, Continental Championships or official junior ranking lists will allow athletes to attempt to qualify for the YOG.

The four team sport** tournaments (football, handball, hockey and volleyball) will consist of one national team per continent as well as a sixth team which will either represent the NOC of the host country or be proposed by the IFs for IOC approval. An NOC will be allowed to have no more than one boys’ and one girls’ team competing for all four team sports.

In addition, and irrespective of the number of athletes qualified, an NOC delegation may include no more than 70 athletes in individual sports.

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