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End-of-round display of results is the key implementation in the Technical & Competition Rules of boxing events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The rules set by the IOC Boxing Task Force will apply also for the Olympic Qualification Events.

The rules are based on the AIBA regulations with amendments consulted with the Athlete Ambassadors. The rules are said to increase the transparency and clarity of the Olympic boxing.

Also the selection of the referees and judges for the Olympic qualifiers and the Games itself have been announced. Among the rules there is a note that no referee or judge involved in Rio 2016 Games will take part in the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers or Olympic competition.

The Chair of the IOC Boxing Task Force, Mr Morinari Watanabe, said: “The main objective of the IOC Boxing Task Force is to ensure the completion of the mission of delivering events, while putting the boxers first, and with transparent and credible sporting results and fair play.”

“It is only fair to the boxers not to change the fundamental competition rules so close to the Olympic qualifiers and the Olympic competition in Tokyo. The IOC Boxing Task Force has therefore focused on the full review of the rules enforced by AIBA in the current year of 2019, limiting changes which impact on boxers while increasing transparency by displaying the scoring and in the selection process for referees and judges.”

Boxing Athlete Ambassador Shelley Watts (AUS), a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian, said: “The IOC Boxing Task Force amendments to the AIBA Rules will have a positive impact on the conduct of Olympic Boxing Qualifying Events and at Tokyo 2020, as they focus on key areas such as clarity, transparency and integrity. These amendments are the result of an inclusive decisional process that took into consideration the athletes’ voice: we made sure that changes will not impact the dynamics of the current practice of the sport, while improving the standard of the competitions.”

source: IOC press release

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