Boxers Book Tokyo Olympics Spots


Elizabeth Akinyi & Elly Ajowi Ochola are the latest entrants to Team Kenya for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, following the confirmation by the IOC Boxing Task Force to Olympics Kenya  that the two boxers had earned a quota place to the Games through the BTF Rankings (Boxing Task Force).

Elizabeth in the Women, Welter (64kg to 69kg and Elly in the Men, Heavy (81kg to 91kg). Both were bronze medalists at the Africa qualifiers held in Dakar, Senegal in February 2020. They now join Nick Okoth who will compete in Men's Feather (52-57kg) and Christine Ongare in Women's Fly (48-51kg), who had earned automatic qualification status during the African Qualifiers where they were both finalists.

Kenya’s Chef-De-Mission to Tokyo Olympics, Mr. Waithaka Kioni, while acknowledging the quotas congratulated the two boxers for earning a place in the team to Tokyo, noting that the Hit Squad had been training very diligently since the resumption of sports hence deserved the two slots allocated by IOC. He also extended congratulations to the Boxing Federation of Kenya, assuring them that NOC-K will do its part to give the team the best preparation.

In February 2021, The IOC’s Boxing Task Force cancelled the Final World Qualifier that was scheduled to be held in Paris in June, owing to Covid-19 restrictions. It restructured the remaining qualification path, with the 53 quota places originally assigned to the Final World Qualifier to be distributed equally across all regions (Africa, Asia/Oceania, Americas and Europe) and weight categories, based on the BTF Rankings at the conclusion of each respective continental event.