Written by Lily
Women’s boxing will have a category for competition at the 2012 Olympics games in London. It was the last all-male summer sporting event. Women’s boxing had come close to being included in 2008, but it was ruled that it did not offer added value to the program. It was feared that it would lead to mismatches with countries who had not developed the sport. The International Olympic Committee chiefs felt differently this time. The sport has grown in popularity for the last five years. It is sure to become bigger after new world champions are declared. There is no heavy-weight class, women will compete at fly-weight, light-weight and middle-weight. It will be a historic showcase for the first women who win their dream of boxing for the gold.
There is a movement by some who wish boxing to be banned altogether. The British Medical Association made a statement claiming boxing had no place in modern sports. I understand the sport of boxing is purposeful fighting, to inflict harm while avoid being inflicted. Even with safety precautions and medical personnel nearby, many of the sports that come to mind include the possibility of grave injury. It’s a part of most everyday sports. I cringe when I see little girls at my daughter’s gymnastics class flying off the unevens and flipping on the beam. I signed the waiver stating participation can include injury and possible death. Soccer, ice skating, weight lifting, swooshing down in those bobsleds, and skiing, all are a risk. It’s my opinion, that if you ban one sport for the dangerous aspects, then the others must be banned as well. I don’t see cause to take this away from athletes who wish to take the risks and so dedicate their lives to the sport of boxing.
I have not followed women’s boxing. I have seen a couple of bouts here and there and they were incredible. I can’t even remember the names of the fighters. I used to love men’s boxing. I like the lower weights for the speed. The endurance and power of the heavyweights amaze me. I followed Foreman’s comeback, Holyfield, Tyson and more. I have rented old fights and watched them. If there was a big pay per view fight, I was watching it. Had I maintained my interest, it would have included women’s boxing. I’m very excited this opportunity has become available for women athletes who will get to show their stuff. How wonderful that the door has been opened to allow them this achievement. Hurrah! I will be watching.
If you disagree with me, feel free to say so. Do you approve of boxing as a sport? Do you think the new Olympic category is a good thing for women?