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AIBA changes rules to let pro fighters qualify for Games

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

06-02-2016 15:59 BJT

At the IOC's Executive Board Meeting was a rule change aimed at reviving the relevance of boxing. The sport's amateur governing body, the AIBA, voted to allow professionals to qualify for the upcoming Rio Games. The boxing organization's President says 95 percent of the delegates support this move.

Fighters hoping to reach Rio will compete at a qualifying tournament in Venezuela next month. A total of 26 Olympic spots will be up for grabs, with 236 men and 50 women participating. But critics are calling the change unfair to amateurs who have trained for these Games for years, only to potentially lose their positions to more experienced professionals. An age limit of 40 was also approved, and Wu Ching-Kuo says this move will give national federations more flexibility in selecting their teams.

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