IOC stemt in met boksen zonder kap

Lausanne, March 2, 2016
Dear National Federation Presidents and Secretary Generals,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that the International Olympic Committee Executive Board has officially approved the decision to remove headguards for Men’s competition in the Olympic Games. AIBA has made great strides in recent years since the removal of headguards for Men, starting at the 2013 AIBA World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer will be the first time that boxers have competed on an Olympic level without headguards since the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
This milestone is based on years of research, studies and work done by the AIBA Medical and Scientific Commissions working in conjunction with the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission. Since the introduction of Men boxers competing without headguards, Men’s boxing has seen a 43% drop in concussions according to the most recent data. In reaffirming this positive step forward, AIBA’s HeadsUp program launched in 2015 promotes health of boxers as well as bring more education and awareness to put boxers at the forefront of our movement.
I am proud that upon much consideration and study the IOC Executive Board has approved the proposal and that this year’s Olympic Games will showcase the finest level of boxing without headguards. This is a remarkable achievement for Olympic boxing and I am certain that you will share in celebrating this historic moment.
Sincerely yours,
Ching-Kuo Wu
AIBA President
Cc AIBA Executive Committee
Karim Bouzidi, AIBA Executive Director