2nd Pre-Olympic Boxing Tournament in Bangkok: Last chance to secure a ticket to Paris 2024. GETTY IMAGES

This second pre-Olympic tournament will award 51 quotas, 23 for women and 28 for men, from 24 May to 2 June in the Thai capital. A total of 188 tickets have already been awarded. These were distributed through the continental qualifiers and the first pre-Olympic tournament in Italy.

Getting to Paris 2024 is getting closer. The second World Boxing Pre-Olympic Tournament will distribute the last 51 tickets. They will be added to the 188 already secured. Of the 51 quotas, 23 will be allocated to the women's category and 28 to the men's category. Bangkok has been chosen as the venue and will run from 24 May to 2 June. Olympic quotas will be awarded in 13 weight categories, six for women and seven for men. The tournament will be held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium. The venue has already hosted the 1998 Asian Games and the 2012 Futsal World Championship.

The tournament will be the third and final opportunity for many boxers to earn a quota for the Olympic Games. This follows the continental qualifiers and the First Pre-Olympic in Busto Arsizio, Italy. To date, 56 National Olympic Committees and the Refugee Olympic Team have been allocated quotas. Australia is the most represented nation with 12 quotas.

Cuban Olympic champions Julio César La Cruz and Arlen López, as well as Kellie Harrington and Estelle Mossely, are among those who have already secured their places at Paris 2024. However, those who still have to earn their place in Thailand include other Olympic medallists such as Mohammed Rabii and Carlo Paalam. They have to earn it and this is their only chance. Therefore, each athlete's participation in the Paris Games will depend on their NOC's selection to represent their delegation at Paris 2024. The quota is nominal.

188 boxers have already qualified. The last 51 are yet to be determined.
188 boxers have already qualified. The last 51 are yet to be determined.

The format will be a single elimination round robin format. Fights will only take place until the quotas have been distributed, meaning that there will be no medal matches or awards ceremonies at this second World Boxing Pre-Olympic Tournament.
These are the boxing quotas to be distributed at the tournament. They are divided into weight categories:


50 kg - 4 quotas

54 kg - 4 quotas

57 kg - 4 quotas

60 kg - 3 quotas

66 kg - 4 quotas

75 kg - 4 quotas


51 kg - 4 quotas

57 kg - 3 quotas

 63.5 kg - 5 quotas

 71 kg - 5 quotas

 80 kg - 3 quotas

 92 kg - 4 quotas

 +92 kg - 4 quotas

Cuba is a powerhouse in Olympic boxing. But Paris 2024 will be the first time that Cuban women will compete. GETTY IMAGES
Cuba is a powerhouse in Olympic boxing. But Paris 2024 will be the first time that Cuban women will compete. GETTY IMAGES

The standard of the pre-Olympic tournament is very high. This second global qualifying tournament will feature at least nine Olympic medallists. Despite their track records, they will have to earn their qualification and any mistake or bad day could be fatal. One of the big names trying to secure a place at Paris 2024 is Morocco's Mohammed Rabii. He was the 69kg world champion in 2015 and Olympic bronze medallist in Rio 2016. He missed out on Tokyo 2020.

Huang Hsiao-wen is also a notable name at this second World Pre-Olympic. The two-time world champion and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist from Chinese Taipei will also be in the hunt for a place at Paris 2024. Italy's Vincenzo Mangiacapre, an Olympic bronze medallist, is aiming for his third Olympic Games. He has been away from competitive boxing for two years.

For Cuba, participation in Paris 2024 is different. The country is a historical powerhouse inOlympic boxing, second only to the United States in the number of medals won (78 in total). However, it will be the first time that women from Cuba will take part in an Olympic sport. Boxing was restricted to men in Cuba until December 2022. A women's boxing programme was then launched with the aim of being present at Los Angeles 2028. However, this milestone could be reached at Paris 2024.

Yakelín Estornell will be competing in the 66kg category at this 2nd World Boxing Qualifier. She could be the first Cuban woman to qualify. She will be the only female among the four Cubans competing in the tournament. Erislandy Álvarez (63.5kg), Jorge Cuéllar (71kg) and Fernando Arzola (+92kg) complete the line-up. They are all looking to add to the Olympic quotas already achieved by Olympic champions Julio César La Cruz (92kg) and Arlen López (80kg), Saidel Horta (57kg) and Alejandro Claro (51kg).