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09 Aug 2012
London, England: In his wildest dreams, C K Wu could never have imagined the impact of women’s boxing on its Olympic Games debut in London. The IOC member from Chinese Taipei and President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) saw the four-day women’s boxing competition come to a dramatic conclusion at the ExCeL Arena on Thursday afternoon.

It helped having one British girl, Nicola Adams, in one final, and an Irish girl, Katie Taylor, in another, as the British supporters with their Union Jacks and the massive Irish contingent, with their melodic songs and flying tricolor, set the arena alight once again.

A report on BBC TV earlier in the day said that the decibel level in the 10,000-capacity ExCeL Arena for women’s boxing was the equivalent of three jumbo jet engines, and that estimate will probably be revised upwards after the three finals.

Before the action got under way on Thursday, the AIBA President was interviewed ring-side and spoke of his pride on this momentous occasion. “I think the most important thing about the London Olympics is that we have not only men but, for the first time in history, women in the boxing competition,” he told an appreciative audience.

“The boxers here are all heroes and are all part of history. They are playing a very important role in the history of Olympic boxing.” Women’s boxing has been contested in three weight categories - flyweight (48-51kg), lightweight (57-60kg) and middleweight (69-75kg) - but Wu is hoping for more weight divisions at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“Certainly with the London Olympics experience and the performance of the boxers we want more women boxers in the next Olympic Games. It would give them more chance to compete and show their skills,” he said. “This competition has three categories and we hope we can double that at least in Rio.” Anyone from the IOC witnessing the extraordinary scenes at the ExCeL would find it hard to argue with that.
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