En el quinto programa de Avance Deportivo in English, dentro del programa de radio de Avance Deportivo, te ofrecemos información sobre los cambios en la normativa de Boxeo para 2016.
Hello I’m Joshua and I’m an English teacher at Nep English School and this is Avance Deportivo in English. Today we are going to talk about Olympic boxing and the important changes that will affect the boxing compitions in Rio de Janeiro 2016. But first, a little bit of history.
Olympic boxing is one of the oldest and most popular Olympic sports. Boxing’s first appearance in the modern Games was in 1904 in St. Louis. The sport was not included in the 1912 at Stockholm because Sweden’s national law banned it. However, boxing returned for good in 1920 and has produced some of the Games’ greatest moments. Women were allowed to box in the olympics the first time in The London Olympics 2012. Great Britain’s Nicola Adams became the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. Many Olympic medalists later became professional world boxing champions such as Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis.
In Rio 2016 Male Olympic boxers will compete in 10 different weight classes, from light flyweight to super heavyweight, while female boxers will contest three weight divisions (flyweight, lightweight, middleweight). The male bouts consist of three three-minute rounds wereas professional fights last 12 rounds. Female bouts take place over four two-minute rounds. The fighter who knocks out an opponent or scores the most points wins the contest.
In 2016, important changes to rules of boxing will have their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. The changes aim to move the Olympic sport closer to its professional counterpart. Professional boxers will be aloud to compete. Previously, only amatuer boxers were eligible to compete in the olympics; now professional boxers with less than 15 bouts will be able to compete. Other changes include the creation of a new league, the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing) and the removal of headguard (for men only),
At their Executive Committee meeting in Bangkok, AIBA passed a motion to end the use of headguards in all their elite men’s competitions from next year, although they will still be used by women and juniors, but they’re no longer being used by men. Although headguards were worn to protect boxers Charles Butler, chairman of AIBA’s medical commission, said “There’s no evidence protective gear shows a reduction in incidence of concussion” .
The purpose of the changes are to make the sport more popular and entertaining for the viewers. “It is AIBA’s duty to bring the sport of boxing to the pinnacle of the Olympic Movement,” AIBA president Wu Ching-Kuo said. “I am convinced that these changes will critically contribute to the development of our beloved sport”.
Boxing has always been one of the most exciting Olympic events and Rio 2016 will be just as exciting as ever.
Now I’m going to explain some vocabulary:
– Banned: is to prohibit something from being used or to prohibit something from happening.
– Bout: a contest between to people such as boxing, wrestling.
– Headgear: something that is used to cover your head, for example a hat, a head band or a helmet.
– Headguard: is a padded helmet that is worn to protect your head in sports such as boxing.
– Knock out: when a boxer has been know down by a punch and is unable to continue.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for listening and make sure you join me next week for another programme.