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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: boxers fail to qualify for games first in 20 years

BY: Isaac Mortey

Team Ghana will not compete in boxing at the Olympic Games for the first time in 20 years after the last hope Dr Ornella Sathoud lost her women’s round 16 bout in the last World Boxing Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sathoud who was one of the last boxers standing with Theophilus Allotey lost the middleweight bout Zero five on unanimous point to Shierleidis Orozco of Colombia to end all seven boxers’ hopes of competing at Paris 2024 in July.

Ghana’s final push to the Olympic Games has come to an end in Bangkok Thailand.

On Friday, 31 May, Theophilus Allotey suffered a three loss to China’s Chuang Liu in the men’s flyweight

All seven boxers who were set to represent the country have unfortunately lost their respective bouts.

It’s the first time since the Athens Games in 2004, twenty years ago that Ghana will not be sending boxers to the Olympic Games.

No Ghanaian qualified for the Olympic Games in Paris, despite Ghanaian representation at the 2023 African Qualifiers in Senegal and the 2024 tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

The 13th African Games did not serve as a qualifier for boxing to the 2024 Olympic Games. As a result, Ghanaian boxers travelled to Thailand to compete for qualification to Paris 2024.

The IBA rules and regulations for Olympic qualification have changed. After the first World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Italy, Thailand represented the second and final opportunity for boxers to secure their places at the 2024 Olympic Games.

The European Games in Poland was the first qualifier, where 17 countries secured at least one spot for Paris. France, Turkey, and Ireland were the most successful, obtaining seven, six, and five tickets respectively.

The African Olympic Boxing Qualifier, held in Dakar, Senegal, from September 9-15, replaced the African Games as the qualifier.

The Asian Games, postponed from 2022 to 2023, took place in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 7, offering 34 quotas.

The Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile and the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands concluded the continental qualifiers in October and November, respectively.

The absence of Ghanaian boxer’s representation in the Paris Olympics is a setback given its proud tradition of participating in the prestigious global event.

Historically, Ghana has fielded athletes in various disciplines such as athletics, boxing, and swimming, showcasing the country’s talent and dedication on the world stage.

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