The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed a Test Event for Tokyo 2020.

The dress rehearsal for the 32nd Olympiad will be held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium, which will host boxing at the Games, over three days from October 29 to 31.

The qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 will be completed between January and April next year.

Buenos Aires, China, Dakar and London (for Europe) are earmarked to host the regional events.

A final world qualifier is scheduled for Japan in May 2020.

286 boxers – 186 males across eight weights and 100 females in five limits – will compete at Tokyo 2020.

One the last occasion that the Olympics was held in Tokyo, Belfast southpaw Jim McCourt (Immaculata BC) won lightweight bronze after reaching the 60kg semi-final in 1964.

McCourt won three fights to make the last four but was shaded for at least silver on a 3-2 split decision by Vellikton Barannikov (USSR).

A heavyweight known as Smokin’ Joe Frazier won America’s only Olympic gold that year.

Ireland, courtesy of McCourt’s podium finish, finished in joint 10th position in the medals table at the 18th Olympiad.



Irish Tokyo 1964 Olympic Squad

Flyweight: Sean McCafferty (St John Bosco)

Beat Sulley Shittu (Ghana) 3-2
Lost to eventual gold medallist Fernando Atzori (Italy) 0-5

Bantamweight: Chris Rafter (North City)

Lost to Abel Cesar Almaraz (Argentina) 0-5

Featherweight: Paddy Fitzsimons (St Matthews)

Lost to Piotr Gurman (Poland) 0-5

Lightweight: Jim McCourt (Immaculata) Bronze

Beat Bun-am Suh (Korea) 4-1
Beat Ghulam Sarwar (Pakistan) 4-1
Beat Domingo Barrera (Spain) 4-1
Lost to Vellikton Barannikov (USSR) 2-3

Light-welterweight: Brian Anderson (Middle Row)

Lost to Touch Nol (Cambodia) 0-5