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|Boxing at the Summer Olympics|
IOC (only 2020)
|Events||13 (men: 8; women: 5)|
Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the 1904 Summer Olympics, except for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, because Swedish law banned the sport at the time. The 2008 Summer Olympics were the final games with boxing as a male only event. Since the 2012 Summer Olympics, women's boxing is part of the program.
The boxing competition is organized as a set of tournaments, one for each weight class. The number of weight classes has changed over the years (currently 8 for men and 5 for women), and the definition of each class has changed several times, as shown in the following table. Until 1936, weights were measured in pounds, and from 1948 onwards, weights were measured in kilograms.
From the 2016 Summer Olympics, male athletes no longer have to wear protective headgear in competition, due to a ruling by the AIBA and the IOC that it contributes to greater concussion risk. Female athletes will continue to wear the headgear, due to "lack of data" on the effectiveness of it on women.
118 –126 lb
The following table is ranked by the number of golds, then silvers, then bronzes. Until 1948, losing semi-finalists held a bronze medal playoff; since 1952, both losing semi-finalists have received bronze medals.
|1||United States (USA)||50||27||41||118|
|3||Great Britain (GBR)||20||15||27||62|
|5||Soviet Union (URS)||14||19||18||51|
|12||South Africa (RSA)||6||4||9||19|
|15||East Germany (GDR)||5||2||6||13|
|20||South Korea (KOR)||3||7||10||20|
|27||North Korea (PRK)||2||3||3||8|
|33||United Team of Germany (EUA)||1||3||2||6|
|New Zealand (NZL)||1||1||2||4|
|West Germany (FRG)||1||0||5||6|
|44||Dominican Republic (DOM)||1||0||1||2|
|52||Puerto Rico (PUR)||0||1||5||6|
|Unified Team (EUN)||0||1||1||2|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||0||1||0||1|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (81 nations)||266||266||471||1003|
|American Samoa (ASA)||2||2||1||3|
|Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)||2||1|
|Burkina Faso (BUR)||2||1||1||3|
|Cape Verde (CPV)||1||1||2|
|Central African Republic (CAF)||2||2||1||1||4|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||1||2||7||3||1||2||2||1||2||9|
|Republic of the Congo (CGO)||3||1|
|Cook Islands (COK)||3||1|
|Costa Rica (CRC)||2||1||2|
|Ivory Coast (CIV)||3||3||2||3|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||4||2||1||3|
|Dominican Republic (DOM)||2||6||1||6||5||6||6||3||5||6||3||2||12|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD)||6||5||1||1||1||5|
|East Germany (GDR)||8||8||8||10||11||5|
|El Salvador (ESA)||2||1|
|Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)||1||1|
|The Gambia (GAM)||1||1|
|Great Britain (GBR)||32||16||16||8||3||8||8||10||7||10||8||9||9||7||9||12||8||10||2||2||1||7||10||12||24|
|Hong Kong (HKG)||2||1|
|Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)||1||1|
|New Zealand (NZL)||1||2||3||3||1||2||2||2||2||2||3||1||1||1||2||15|
|North Korea (PRK)||2||3||6||6||2||1||2||1||2||9|
|Papua New Guinea (PNG)||2||2||5||4||1||1||6|
|Puerto Rico (PUR)||3||3||1||6||6||10||3||11||10||8||7||5||5||5||5||1||16|
|Republic of China (ROC)||2||1|
|Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)||1||1|
|Sierra Leone (SLE)||1||2||2||2||1||1||6|
|South Africa (RSA)||7||4||6||5||6||8||8||7||8||2||5||3||3||1||2||15|
|South Korea (KOR)||3||4||5||6||8||7||6||6||9||12||11||9||9||7||5||2||16|
|South Yemen (YMD)||2||1|
|Solomon Islands (SOL)||1||1|
|Soviet Union (URS)||10||10||10||10||11||11||11||11||12||9|
|Sri Lanka (SRI)||4||2||2||2||2||1||1||7|
|Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||2||1||1||1||4|
|Unified Team (EUN)||12||1|
|United Team of Germany (EUA)||8||10||10||3|
|United Arab Republic (UAR)||4||1|
|United States (USA)||18||16||16||8||8||8||8||10||8||10||10||11||11||11||12||11||12||12||12||9||8||12||8||23|
|Virgin Islands (ISV)||1||2||1||2||1||2||1||7|
|West Germany (FRG)||8||9||6||8||6||5|
|No. of nations||-||-||1||4||-||12||27||29||18||31||39||43||34||54||56||65||80||54||51||81||106||78||97||75||72||77||77||74|
|No. of boxers||-||-||18||42||-||116||181||144||85||179||205||249||161||281||269||307||354||266||271||354||432||336||355||307||280||283||283||286|
At the 1904 Summer Olympics, seven boxing events were contested. The competitions were held on Wednesday, September 21, 1904 and on Thursday, September 22, 1904. Contestants in lighter weight classes could also compete in heavier classes. Oliver Kirk, winning the bantamweight and featherweight categories, thus became the only boxer to have won two gold medals in the same Olympics. George Finnegan, Harry Spanjer and Charles Mayer won one gold and one silver medal.
The boxing programme of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico was held at the Arena México. Medals were awarded in eleven events, with each event corresponding to a recognized weight division of male boxers. Two bronze medals were awarded, with both losing semi-finalists receiving a bronze medal, with no further play-off.
Judo was first included in the Summer Olympic Games at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, Japan. After not being included in 1968, judo has been an Olympic sport in each Olympiad since then. Only male judoka participated until the 1988 Summer Olympics, when women participated as a demonstration sport. Women judoka were first awarded medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Amateur boxing is a variant of boxing practised at the collegiate level, at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games, as well as many associations.
Taekwondo at the Summer Olympics made its first appearance as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The opening ceremony featured a mass demonstration of taekwondo with hundreds of adults and children performing moves in unison. Taekwondo was again a demonstration sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Taekwondo became a full medal sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and has been a sport in the Olympic games since then.
The boxing programme of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China was held at the Workers Indoor Arena.
Cuba competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. As of 8 August 2008, 165 Cuban athletes had qualified to compete in 16 sports. The country's flagbearer at the opening ceremony was wrestler Mijaín López.
Afghanistan competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Six Afghan athletes were selected for the Games, competing in four different sporting events. Rohullah Nikpai, who won Afghanistan's first ever Olympic medal at the 2008 Games, managed to repeat his bronze medal in the men's 68 kg taekwondo event for the second time.
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. However, boxing at the games was overshadowed with controversy after there were doubts raised that results in certain bouts had been manipulated. These concerns were upheld in a report published in 2021.
The boxing tournaments at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo took place from 24 July to 8 August 2021 at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. Thirteen events were staged, the same number as in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. However, for the first time since the London Games, the programme has been updated, with the number of men's events reduced by two and the number of women's events increased by the same number.
Boxing at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics was held from 23 to 27 August 2014 at the Nanjing International Expo Center in Nanjing, China. For the first time three female boxing events took place at the Youth Olympics.
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Mongolia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation made its debut in 1964, Mongolian athletes had appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, with the exception of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, because of its partial support to the Soviet boycott.
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Algeria competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's debut in 1964, Algerian athletes had appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, but did not attend the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, because of the African boycott.
Kyrgyzstan competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's sixth consecutive appearance at the Olympics in the post-Soviet era.
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