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Boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Venue  Riocentro – Pavilion 6
No. of events  13
Dates  6–21 August 2016
Competitors  286 from 76 nations

The boxing tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 21 August 2016 at the Pavilion 6 of Riocentro.


Competition format

On March 23, 2013, the Amateur International Boxing Association instituted significant changes to the format. The World Series of Boxing, AIBA's pro team league which started in 2010, already enabled team members to retain 2012 Olympic eligibility. The newer AIBA Pro Boxing Tournament, consisting of pros who sign 5 year contracts with AIBA and compete on pro cards leading up to the tournament, also provides a pathway for new pros to retain their Olympic eligibility and retain ties with national committees. The elimination of headgear and the adoption of the "10-point must" scoring system further clears the delineation between amateur and pro format.

Similar to 2012 format, men competed in the following ten events:

  • Light flyweight (49kg)
  • Flyweight (52kg)
  • Bantamweight (56kg)
  • Lightweight (60kg)
  • Light welterweight (64kg)
  • Welterweight (69kg)
  • Middleweight (75kg)
  • Light heavyweight (81kg)
  • Heavyweight (91kg)
  • Super heavyweight (+91kg)
  • As for the women, they were eligible to compete in the following three events:

  • Flyweight (51kg)
  • Lightweight (60kg)
  • Middleweight (75kg)
  • Qualifying criteria

    Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to one athlete in each event. Six places (five men and one woman) were reserved for the host nation Brazil, while the remaining places were allocated to the Tripartite Invitation Commission. Because non-AIBA professional boxers were eligible to compete for the first time at the Olympics, a total of thirty-seven places had been reserved and thereby distributed to pros; twenty were qualified through the AIBA Pro Boxing Series with two for each event, while seventeen through the World Series of Boxing. Each continent had a quota of places to be filled through the two amateur and semi-pro league tournaments.

    Qualification events were:

  • 2014–2015 World Series of Boxing (WSB) – The two top ranked boxers at the end of the 2014–2015 season in each weight category (except light flyweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight with one each).
  • 2014–2015 AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) World Ranking – The champion and world-ranked top challenger in each weight category of the APB World Ranking at the end of the first cycle in September 2015.
  • 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships – Doha, Qatar, 5–18 October – The top three boxers from five weight categories (bantamweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and middleweight), the gold and silver medalists from three divisions (light flyweight, flyweight, and light heavyweight), and the champions in two heaviest classes (heavyweight and super heavyweight).
  • 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships – Astana, Kazakhstan – The top four boxers in each weight category.
  • 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier – The top three of the remaining boxers in each of the eight categories, and the champion in two heaviest classes.
  • 2016 AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • 2016 AIBA Continental Olympic Qualifiers (both men and women)
  • Competition schedule

    There were two sessions of competition on most days of the 2016 Olympics Boxing program, an afternoon session (A), starting at 11:00 BRT, and an evening session (E), starting at 17:00 BRT. Starting on August 17, days contained only one session, beginning at 14:00 BRT.


  • Men's flyweight  Russia silver medalist Misha Aloian was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for Tuaminoheptane, a specified stimulant, prohibited in-competition under S6 on the WADA Prohibited List, during an in-competition doping control on 21 August 2016. The results obtained by the athlete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were disqualified.
  • Medal table


      *   Host nation (Brazil)


    On 17 August, The New York Times reported that the AIBA had removed several referees and judges after "less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected". It was reported that, in response to allegations of corruption, "AIBA invited people with evidence about bribing judges to step forward." The rules of the competition did not allow any results to be appealed, and the AIBA has stated that all the decisions will stand.


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