It is scheduled to take place March 3-11, after being held in Wuhan, China, February 3–14. However, it was moved in response to the reported coronavirus epidemic in the Chinese city. The International Boxing Working Group of the Olympic Committee (BTF) confirmed the news, following the decision to cancel the BTF and the Chinese Olympic Committee.
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After careful consideration, the BTF approved the Jordanian National Olympic Committee (YCW) proposal to confirm the dates and location of the competition as soon as possible, in the best interest of the athletes involved.
Logistical and operational details will be shared with National Olympic Committees (NOCs), National Federations and officials in the coming days. The BTF also thanked all the NOCs who offered their support to reorganize the competition in such a short time.
The Asian Football Confederation has moved one of their qualifications to the Tokyo Olympic women’s tournament from Wuhan to Nanjing. Group B of the third round of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament will not be held at the Jiangning Football Training Center. Currently, the official death toll from coronavirus victims is 26, with more than 830 confirmed cases.
Keeping the event in Wuhan became impossible once the city of 11 million people in central China was effectively locked, with flights and trains from much of Hubei Province arrested. According to the Washington Post, at least 41 people have died and 1,287 are confirmed to be infected with the virus, causing flu-like symptoms that are difficult to treat, especially in older patients with pre-existing health conditions.
Cases have now appeared in the United States and France, as well as in other Asian countries. Not everyone is happy that Jordan is named the new host. Manny V. Pangilinan, president of ABAP, the governing body of amateur boxing in the Philippines, issued a statement expressing his “disappointment” that his proposal to move the qualifier to the Philippines was not accepted.
A total of eight men’s divisions (flyweight, featherweight, light, welterweight, medium weight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight), and five women’s divisions (flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, medium weight) will be played from July 25 to August 9 at Ryōgoku Kokugikan at Tokyo Olympic.