Asia & Oceania Confederation Olympic
Qualifiers - a preview
by Michael O'Neill
March 22, 2016
Photo courtesy Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) x:
Diana Nadim – Afghanistan(60kg)
(MAR 22) The 2016 Asian
Confederation championships take place in Qui’a, China March
26th to April 2nd and will be an important tournament with the
top two women in each the three Olympic weights automatically
qualifying for Rio. The event takes place at the city’s Tangshan
Jiujiang Sport Center . We take a look at just a few of those
challenging for titles in China where the host nation will
expect to win several Golds in the male events and at least two
among the women.
The best boxers from Asia and
Oceania are making final preparations for the AIBA Asian/Oceanian
Olympic Qualification Event in Qian’an, China, from 25 March to
2 April. The ultimate goal for each of the 279 boxers registered
is securing one of the 30 men’s and 6 women’s quota places for
Rio 2016, and the chance to represent their country in August on
the world’s greatest sporting stage, said the AIBA in a recent
” Having nearly 300 boxers participating to the Asia-Oceania
Olympic Qualification event is a remarkable proof of the
vitality of our sport in these 2 continents. The Local
Organizing Committee and the City of Qian’an have done a
tremendous work and I look forward to witnessing our boxers
competing to fulfil their dreams and qualify for Rio 2016 in a
state of the art venue.” declared AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo
“The joint Qualification Event with Oceania is the first time in
AIBA history and it would be a great experience for our athletes
before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Asia had 62 qualified
athletes in London four years ago and we are hoping to improve
this number in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games demonstrating the
continuous development of our continent.” said ASBC President
and AIBA Vice-President Mr. Serik Konakbayev.
“This Olympic Qualification tournament will be a testing event
for all boxers as every boxer in the tournament is a National
Champion and some could very well be among the best in the
world. I wish good luck to all Oceanian boxers and remind them,
in all their endeavours, to always be true to yourself by doing
as best as you can because then, in the future, you will have no
regrets as to what might have been.” added Ted Tanner, President
of the Oceania Boxing Confederation.
So let us take a look at some of the leading boxers who will be
seeking Gold and Silver in China in these brief comments we
received from the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC):
“Afghanistan's new woman boxer Diana Nadim will be representing
the country in Qianan.
Afghanistan Boxing Federation found a great woman boxer in
Europe who has got Afghan roots and decided to fight for the
Asian nation in the upcoming Olympic qualification events in
Qianan and in Astana. Afghanistan's new Lightweight class (60
kg) boxer Diana Nadim trains in Denmark since her childhood but
now she will be fighting for the Asian country to get an Olympic
spot to Rio de Janeiro.
Nadim will be competing in the upcoming AIBA Asian & Oceanian
Olympic Qualification Event in Qianan, China where she is
focusing to get a quota for Afghanistan but her job will be
really hard as Asia has got such a great boxers at the
Lightweight class (60 kg) like China's Incheon 2014 Asian Games
winner Yin Junhua, Tajikistan's London 2012 Olympic Games bronze
medallist Mavzuna Chorieva and India's former AIBA Women's World
Champion Sarita Devi Laishram”.
“Australia’s excellent women’s team includes Commonwealth Games
winner Shelley Watts and 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze
medallist Caitlin Parker, while for the men, Daniel Lewis and
Joseph Goodall also have the potential to qualify. Watts was
extremely impressive in Glasgow 2014 and Caitlin Parker has been
in great form in recent years including at the Youth Olympics
and in recent tournaments in Oceania.
The Indian squad is a very strong one in both male and female
qualifiers as they showed last month when taking all 10 titles
at the SEA Games where women competed for the first time :.
Insofar as their females are concerned they proved too strong
for all comers. In the absence of a recognised federation, the
Indians will once again compete under the flag of the
International Boxing Association (AIBA).
“Women's Flyweight class (51 kg):
India's five-times AIBA Women's World Champion Chungneijang Mary
Kom Hmangte won the first historical women bout in the South
Asian Games and had to meet with Sri Lanka's best woman boxer
veteran Anusha Dilrukshi Kodituwakku who eliminated Nepal's Minu
Gurung in the semi-finals. Mary Kom was even more focused than
in her previous contests and stopped her experienced Sri Lankan
rival very quickly which meant besides her many other titles she
won the first ever women’s gold medal of the South Asian Games.
Women's Lightweight class (60 kg):
India's former AIBA Women's World Champion 34-year-old Sarita
Devi Laishram had to be at her best to beat Nepal's top woman
boxer Saraswati Rana in the semi-final but following that she
was able to raise her efforts in the final. For the gold she met
with Sri Lanka's Viushika Prabadi who moved up two weight
classes in the recent years but her strength was too much for
Pakistan's newcomer Ruksana Perveen in the semi-finals. Devi won
all of the rounds clearly and secured a gold medal in Shillong
which is her first international tournament victory since 2014.
Women's Middleweight class (75 kg):
India's ASBC Asian Women's Confederation Boxing Championships
silver medallist Pooja Rani was too strong for Pakistan's
newcomer Sofiya Javed in the semi-final which contest finished
in the opening round. The 24-year-old promising Indian boxer did
not give any chance also to Sri Lanka's Nilanthi Andaraweera but
the latter’s performance was more than enough get a silver medal
in the South Asian Games in Shillong.
“AIBA World Champion Nazym Kyzaybay returned with gold medal at
the Kazakhstan Women's National Championships
Kazakhstan Women's National Championships was an important
selection event for the upcoming AIBA Women's World Boxing
Championships which to be scheduled in Astana between 16-28 May.
Their National Championships was also held in Astana to test the
venue of the forthcoming big global event. Kazakhstan's top
ladies will be taking part also at the AIBA Asian & Oceanian
Olympic Qualifying Event in Qianan.
The most important bout was held between Incheon 2014 Asian
Games silver medallist Zhaina Shekerbekova and Kazakhstan's
first AIBA Women's World Champion Nazym Kyzaybay of Almaty.
Shekerbekova defeated her top rival in the recent two national
competitions but this time Kyzaybay was able to beat her rival
and had revenge in Astana.
Kazakhstan's weak point was the Lightweight class (60 kg) in
recent years and the country could not select top boxer in the
second Olympic category. Their solution could be AIBA Women's
Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nazym
Ishchanova of Atyrau who will be turning to 19 but she is ready
to get big results in the upcoming competitions. The talented
boxer defeated Rimma Volosenko in the final.
ASBC Asian Women's Champion Dariga Shakimova of Almaty is a big
favourite for the quota in the upcoming Qualifiers therefore her
success at the Middleweight class (75 kg) was an expected result
in the Kazakhstan Women's National Championships. Her final
opponent was Fariza Shaltay who moved down one weight class but
could not stop Shakimova's attacks in Astana.”
“Mongolia will send twelve boxers to the upcoming AIBA Asian &
Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event which will be starting in
Qianan, China with its first competition day on March 25. Among
the possible 13 weight classes Mongolia does not have boxer only
at the Men's Super-Heavyweight class (+91 kg) but all of their
key boxers and big talents were involved to the travelling team.
The Mongolian head coach selected three ladies to the
Qualification Event where their best female hope will be Incheon
2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam at
the Flyweight class (51 kg) while Oyungurel Suvderdene (60 kg is
also an experienced woman boxer. Their Middleweight class (75
kg) boxer will be 20-year-old Erdenetuya Enkhbaatar who claimed
her second national title in January”.
“Philippines claimed two silver medals in the last edition of
the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok and
one runner-up place in the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s
Boxing Championships in Wulanchabu, China .
Nesthy Petecio was selected as lone woman boxer to fight for
Philippines in Qianan who proved better performance than her
competitive teammates such as Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno. The
23-year-old Filipino lady moved down to the Olympic Flyweight
class (51 kg) but in her original category she is silver
medallist from the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships and also from the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s
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venue Tangshan Jiujiang Sport Center
AIBA Promo for championships here: http://www.aiba.org/asiaoceania-olympic-qualification-tournament/