Boxing at 2020 Olympics remains in doubt


"The IOC executive board made a decision to maintain its position which includes continued suspension of any financial contributions from IOC to AIBA and the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the 2020 Olympics".

John Coates, left, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori, right, shake hands after the IOC and Tokyo 2020 joint press conference in Tokyo Thursday, July 12, 2018.

The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were named during a ceremony in the Japanese capital on Sunday.

"The emergence of new disciplines shows the commitment of the International Olympic Committee to the changes that will make the program more youth and gender balanced". McConnell said an improved gender balance will see 45.4 percent female athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.

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Also, skiing will lose 41 participants, and skaters will be 26 athletes shorter over the last Olympics. Women's ice hockey will grow by two teams to become a 10-nation lineup instead, adding 46 athletes. The bronze medalist in the PyeongChang Olympics added that she hopes the event will motivate more children to take up the sport.

Experts have warned the risk of heatstroke in Tokyo has escalated in recent years, while noting the Olympics are expected to take place in conditions when sports activities should normally be halted.

Executive Board has approved the competition schedule, featuring a record 33 sports across 339 events. USA broadcaster NBC is the single biggest contributor to Olympic revenues.

In a country that has a fondness for mascots, Tokyo 2020 organisers sought to create lovable characters for the Games with both selections said to have superpowers and an ability to teleport between the digital world and reality.