Women’s boxing set for 2012 London Olympics


The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that women’s boxing would be included at the 2012 London Olympics.

Women will compete in the flyweight 48-51kg class, lightweight 56-60kg and middleweight 69-75kg. They will be able to box alongside men for the first time since the activity was introduced as a demonstration sport in 1904.

The decision came during a landmark meeting in Berlin, at which IOC board members also agreed to propose golf and rugby for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games. If approved, rugby will make its first appearance since it was played at the 1924 Paris Olympics in the full 15-a-side format. Golf was last played at the 1904 Games in St. Louis.

Tiger Woods felt the timing was ideal while fellow golfer Jack Nicklaus voiced his pride over the sport’s united front.