Feature | Jan 14 2015

The first step on the road to Rio

The long path to Olympic qualification begins on Thursday with the World Series of Boxing at York Hall in London, writes John Dennen
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THE ROAD to the next Olympic Games, Rio 2016 begins this Thursday (January 15) at York Hall in London. The British Lionhearts kick off the new season of the World Series of Boxing against the China Dragons. The WSB is a team-based league but individuals can qualify for the next Olympics directly through this competition, if they finish with a high enough ranking. Boxers who have a WSB bout will also be able to enter an Olympic qualification tournament later on.

“It is the first step on the road to Rio, having said that there’s not an awful lot of places available this season, there’s two out of sixteen teams. We’ve got some boxers here that are capable of getting those places and will be looking for those places. Home and away matches makes it tough but it’s the same deal for every team in it,” said GB performance director, Rob McCracken.

“I think WSB is only going to get bigger and there’s going to be more qualification places for the Tokyo Olympics moving forward. WSB’s here, it’s staying. I think we’ve got to get integrated into it as a squad. I think it’ll be a great experience for the squad, this season coming up. Two places at each weight, out of 16 teams so very difficult to qualify in this season but I’m sure some of our boxers are capable of doing that.


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