The Olympic Tripartite Commission has awarded quota places for the Rio 2016 women’s boxing competition to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia and Panama in the 51 kilograms, 60kg and 75kg categories respectively, it has been announced.
Comprising the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Commission is designed to provide smaller National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games.
The places can only be offered to NOCs with an average of eight or fewer athletes in individual sports and disciplines at the previous two Olympic Games and are subject to approval from the Commission and the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
It is a matter for the NOCs concerned as to which boxers will represent them in Rio de Janeiro with Atheyna Bylon, the 2014 AIBA women’s world champion at 69kg, standing a good chance of being put forward by Panama in the 75kg division.
Jennifer Chieng is the likely representative of the Federated States of Micronesia in the 60kg division having regularly been competing on the Golden Gloves circuit.
She reached the 57kg final at the 2014 event in New York City, where she lost against the United States' Christina Cruz.
In October of last year, Chieng was recognised by ANOC as the best female athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games after winning gold in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby.
The Rio 2016 women’s boxing competition will be only the second in the history of the Olympic Games after London 2012.
Among the 36 female boxers competing will be Great Britain’s Nicola Adams, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and the US’s Claressa Shields, the reigning 51kg, 60kg and 75kg Olympic champions respectively.