POSTED: October 11th 2014

Boxing and Wrestling at Baku 2015 European Games to be Rio 2016 Olympic Games Qualifier

(L to R) Milutin Stankovic of Serbia takes on Mihai Nistor from Romania at a competition at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships / Baku 2015
(L to R) Milutin Stankovic of Serbia takes on Mihai Nistor from Romania at a competition at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships / Baku 2015

DR ERIC C. SCHWARZ / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The inaugural European Games in Baku Azerbaijan in June 2015 will serve as a qualifier in the sports of Boxing and Wrestling for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the addition of these two sports, 11 of the 20 sports to be contested at Baku 2015 will offer the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is expected that as a result of these qualification opportunities, the highest standard of competition will be offered to athletes. This will also afford spectators the opportunity to get an early look at the potential stars at the next Summer Olympics

Athletes that win a medal in each of the 10 men’s weight categories in the Boxing competition at Baku 2015 will secure a place to compete in the 2015 World Boxing Championships sanctioned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).  The top ranked boxers at that competition will then win a quota place for their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at Rio 2016.

For the sport of wrestling, the Baku 2015 European Games will serve as the first competition used as a part of their qualification journey to Rio 2016. As a result, it has been suggested to all European athletes and National Olympic Committees that competing in Baku 2015 would be expected.

“I am delighted to see that the sports program at Baku 2015 continues to move in the right direction with Boxing and Wrestling now confirmed as part of their road to Rio 2016”, said Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC). He further explained that “part of the European Olympic Committees’ vision for the European Games was to create an elite competition that offered athletes increased opportunities to test themselves at the very highest level, so we are very pleased that Baku 2015 is delivering exactly that.”

Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer for Baku 2015 echoed his approval, saying “The fact that so many international sports federations are including the inaugural European Games as part of their Olympic Games qualification process is testament to what a top quality event we will have here in Azerbaijan.” He added that “the European Olympic Committees and President Patrick Hickey have ensured their vision of a major multi-sport event for the entire continent will be one of great value that will see Europe’s finest athletes improve their chances of competing successfully at future Olympic Games.”

The Director of Sport for Baku 2015, Pierce O’Callaghan, expressed his appreciation that “the European Federations have completely embraced the vision of the European Games and it is a reflection of the world-class competition we will have at Baku 2015 that 11 of the 16 Olympic sports on our program now include qualification opportunities for the next Olympic Games.” He added that “Boxing and wrestling will be two of the most popular sports at the first European Games, so it is great to know that many of the athletes will begin their road to Rio 2016 here.”

 In addition to Boxing and Wrestling, the other nine sports offering Rio 2016 qualification opportunities are Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

Keywords · European Olympic Committees · Baku 2015 · Patrick Hickey · Simon Clegg · Pierce O’Callaghan

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