The International Boxing Association (AIBA) Congress scheduled for this summer is likely to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A new date will be confirmed after the International Olympic Committee announces its schedule for the qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics and the Games, according to AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane.
“We have to wait for the IOC scheduling the Qualifiers and Games 2020 to plan our competition and to give our athletes the opportunity to participate in all events,” he said.
The IOC recently postponed the Tokyo Games, which were due to begin in July, until 2021 because of the coronavirus.
The decision marks the first time the Olympics have been postponed since WW2.
As things stand, 112 boxers, including Irish captain Brendan Irvine, are qualified for Tokyo 2021 through the completed African and Asia/Oceania qualifiers and the partially completed European event.
The Euro qualifiers were postponed three days into the competition on St Patrick’s Eve with 16 of the 77 Tokyo places claimed in the male flyweight and feather limits.
The Americas qualifiers and final world qualifier in Paris were also postponed because of the coronavirus.
New dates for these tournaments and the exact dates for next year’s Olympic are expected to be announced in April.