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NEW DELHI: Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain will have to move to a new weight class for the Paris Summer Games in 2024. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revamped the weight divisions in the men’s and women’s events for the Paris edition, which resulted in the removal of Lovlina’s original welterweight category.
Lovlina had won bronze in Tokyo in the 69 kg category. The IOC decided to replace the welterweight division with the light welterweight division (66 kg), while introducing a new category in the bantamweight category (54 kg). This led to an increase in the number of boxing events for women in Paris to six – 50 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg and 75 kg.
At the Tokyo Games, women’s boxing had five weight categories – 51 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg and 75 kg. The new development means that Lovlina will have to change her weight class and choose between 66kg and 75kg, which is attended by daughter Haryana Saweety Boora.
Similarly, men’s boxing also underwent a significant change after the EB decided to withdraw the middleweight (75kg) category – in which Indian Vijender Singh won a historic bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 – from the program of the Games.
Men’s boxing at Paris 2024 will now feature seven weight categories – 51kg, 57kg, 63.5kg, 71kg, 80kg, 92kg and +92kg. In Tokyo, men’s boxing had eight competitive divisions – 52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg, 91 kg and +91 kg. Indian Ashish Kumar had competed in the 75 kg category in Tokyo and lost in the first round.
However, the biggest reductions have occurred in weightlifting. The IOC board of directors, which met in Lausanne on Friday, decided to reduce up to four weight categories from 14th in Tokyo to just 10 for the Paris Olympics. Only four weight classes that originally featured in Tokyo have been retained for Paris while the other 10 have been scrapped.
There will be five men’s weight classes and five women’s weight classes in Paris – 61kg, 73kg, 89kg, 102kg and over 102kg for men, and 49kg, 59kg, 71kg, 81kg and more than 81 kg for women. A change in the super heavyweight divisions for both sexes has been made from +109 kg to +102 kg for men and from +87 kg to +81 kg for women.
There will be no threat to the 49kg weight division of Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu. She will, however, compete in a new weight class of 55kg at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham before returning to her original weight class for the Asian Games in Hangzhou and the Olympics in Paris.
In shooting, the trap event by mixed teams is replaced by the skeet event by mixed teams for Paris. The IOC’s decision to modify the calendar of boxing and weightlifting competitions for Paris is part of its efforts to bring more gender equality and female participation to the Games. A total of 32 sports will be on the programme, ie 19 days of competition from July 24 (two days before the opening ceremony) to August 11, with 329 medal-winning events and a total of 762 sessions.