HISTORY OF BOXING SPORTS:
Boxing is an ancient sport that was introduced in the Olympics by the Greeks in the 7th century BC. After the decline of Roman Empire, boxing ceased to be played as a competition sport. Organized amateur boxing was revived in 1880. Earlier it was contested only in three weight categories. Boxing became a part of modern Olympics in 1904. The sport has forever been dominated by the US. Wearing head-guards while contesting was made compulsory in 1984. Electronic scoring machined for more accurate and objective officiating were introduced in 1992.
VENUE FOR BOXING SPORTS
The boxing event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held at the Workers' Indoor Arena in Beijing from August 9-24, 2008.
ATHLETE QUOTA OF BOXING SPORTS
- Total (Men only) 286
- An NOC can enter a maximum of 1 athlete per weight category Qualification is attributed to the athlete.
- Apron: The part of ring canvas outside the ropes.
- Canvas: The floor of the ring.
- Mouthpiece or “gum-shield”: A form-fitted appliance placed in a boxer's mouth to protect his teeth and gums.
- Head-guard: A protective device worn to protect the head.
- Ring: An enclosure where boxing takes place.
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OF BOXING SPORTS:
- The Ring is spread over an area of 4.90 m square to 6.10 m square.
- The boxers representing red and blue corners compete on the ring.
- Four corners of the ring are coded as follows:
- The Red corner - is the nearer left-side ring corner facing the Jury
- The Blue corner- situated opposite the red corner
- Two White corners: called neutral corners.
- Three or four ropes with a diameter of 3-5 cm are tightly drawn from the ring posts.
- The platform beyond the line of the ropes should be atleast 46 cm wide.
- All ropes are covered with a soft or smooth material to prevent scratches and injury.
- The floor of the ring usually covered with felt or rubber.
- The soft floor is then covered with stretched canvas.
- First-aid kits are available to ensure safety during competition.
RULES FOR OF BOXING SPORTS
- There shall be four rounds of two minutes each.
- Warning or instruction breaks will not be included in the two minutes.
- A full one minute rest period shall be given between the rounds.
- No additional round may be given.
- In International contests, three or four rounds of three minutes each or six rounds of two
- A Referee can caution, warn or disqualify a player found to violate the rules of the game and play in an un-sportsmanlike manner.
- For a caution, the referee must wait for a safe opportunity to do so.
- For a warning, the referee is required to stop the contest and demonstrate the infringement.
- A third caution for the same type of foul will essentially require a warning to be issued.
- Only three warnings may be given to the same boxer in one contest.
- After the third warning, the boxer is automatically disqualified.
BOXING SPORTS EVENTS IN BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008
The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:
- + 91kg (super heavyweight) Men
- 48 - 51kg (flyweight) Men
- 54 - 57kg (featherweight) Men
- 60 - 64 kg Men
- 69 - 75 kg Men
- 81 - 91kg (heavyweight) Men
- - 48kg (light-flyweight) Men
- 51 - 54kg (bantamweight) Men
- 57 - 60kg (lightweight) Men
- 64 - 69 kg Men
- 75 - 81kg (light-heavyweight) Men