AS events throughout boxing and international sport are called off or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Olympic qualification event is going behind closed doors.
The tournament at the Copper Box in London had allowed spectators in over the first two days of its competition but that will cease from Monday (March 16).
In a statement the event organisers said:
Due to the changing situation with coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has taken the decision that from Monday March 16 2020 the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will take place behind closed doors. This unfortunately means that no spectators will be permitted to attend the event.
The decision comes into force with immediate effect and covers both the 12:00 and 18:00 sessions that are due to take place on Monday March 16 2020 and all other sessions up until the end of the tournament.
The Local Organising Committee of the Boxing Road to Tokyo event understands the reasons for the decision and apologises to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause.
The event’s ticket partner, See Tickers, will contact all ticket holders who are all entitled to a face value refund.
See Tickets will automatically return the money within 30 days via the method by which the ticket was purchased. Booking fees and any other expenses incurred will not be refunded.
Any customers that also took out an insurance policy with TicketPlan when they purchased their tickets should contact the company direct via the TicketPlan website.
The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifier will continue to be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and can be viewed at https://oly.ch/2vqhjng.