Rio: National boxing tournament brings together Olympic medalists

Built for the cycling competitions of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro

Built for the cycling competitions of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro Velodrome opened its doors this Monday (4) to another discipline: boxing. The men’s and women’s competitions of the Brazilian Elite Boxing Championship bring together 173 athletes from all over the country, including Beatriz Ferreira (silver at the Tokyo Games and current world runner-up in 60 kilos), Keno Marley (world runner-up in 86 kilos) and Abner Teixeira, bronze medal in Tokyo in 90 kilos. The contest lasts until Sunday (10).

The fights begin at 2:30 p.m. (Brazilian time), in the rings of the covered arena of the Velodrome of the Olympic Park, in the West Zone of Rio. Admission is free, with online registration. The fights are also broadcast live on YouTube by the Brazilian Boxing Confederation (CBBoxe). The calendar and the results are published daily, after 10:30 p.m., on the entity’s website.

International Grand Prix

Next week, starting on the 14th, the Olympic Park Velodrome will host the 1st International Grand Prix, with 52 athletes from countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Ecuador, among others. There will be 13 weight categories, male and female.

After the two big events, Marcos Cândido de Brito, president of CBBoxe, sees the possibility that the Olympic Park will receive in 2023 an event from the qualifying calendar for the 2024 Paris Games.

“We want to create a virtuous circle. This presence of reference events encourages children, coaches and projects to develop. With this, more athletes gain conditions to have selection level and compete internationally and Brazil just has to win”, the leader said in a statement to the Ministry of Citizenship.