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  • Boxing Test Event Underway


    Daniel Anthony Price of England fights Zhang Shuai from China in the 91kg quarterfinals. (Getty Images)  
    (ATR) More than 75 boxers are in Beijing for the test event for boxing at the 2008 Olympics.

    The Good Luck Beijing 2007 International Boxing Tournament began Saturday and will wrap up on Wednesday at Worker's Indoor Arena. Preliminary rounds of competition ended Sunday.

    A total of 18 teams from 17 countries are competing, with China sending two teams. Bouts will take place in the 51kg, 57kg, 60kg, 69kg, 91kg and +91kg weight classes.

    Richard Baker, PR and Communications Manager for the International Boxing Association tells Around the Rings the tournament “gives AIBA the chance to finalize the organizational set-up for the Olympics competition next year. Preparations are obviously already well advanced but this tournament enables AIBA, in collaboration with BOCOG, to highlight and action any areas that need fine tuning”.

    At a press conference Monday, AIBA President C.K. Wu said he the operation of the tournament thus far was satisfactory and added “I have never seen such a large venue for boxing”. Worker’s stadium seats 13, 000.

    Worker's Indoor Arena. (Getty Images)  
    of the support staff includes 23 medical workers from eight hospitals and 450 student volunteers from 11 universities.

    The Good Luck Beijing Boxing Tournament is part of the Good Luck Beijing test event series. The test events will be over at the end of the year. Test events for Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, trampoline, road cycling, and table tennis are all that remain in the series.

    Written by Ed Hula III.
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