The hopes of Barbadian boxers Jabali Breedy, Charles Cox and Kimberly Gittens to qualify for the 2020 Summer season Olympics in Tokyo, Japan have been dampened after the Americas Boxing Qualifiers had been cancelled.
Worse but, Breedy and Cox who’re at present primarily based in Washington DC the place they had been in camp getting ready for these qualifiers, have each examined constructive for the Coronavirus.
Barbados TODAY was reliably knowledgeable that Breedy and Cox examined constructive for Coronavirus on Friday, April 16, a day after the qualifiers had been cancelled.
In the meantime, Gittens, Barbados’ high feminine boxer who was additionally in coaching camp with Breedy and Cox, returned house on Tuesday, April 20 after her outcomes had been adverse.
When contacted, outgoing Barbados Boxing Affiliation (BBA) President Richard Atwell stated that regardless of the cancellation, he was sure that a minimum of one of many nationwide boxers could be chosen to characterize Barbados on the Olympics.
Based on Atwell, the choice shall be primarily based on the Worldwide Olympic Committee which has a process to find out which boxer shall be chosen to characterize the nation.
“They are going to be utilizing the rating system of the boxers. I don’t know which rating they’ll use if they’ll use the one for AIBA or what. However we nonetheless have an opportunity of entering into the Olympics,” he stated.
A report printed by insidethegames.biz dated Friday, April sixteenth, acknowledged that the rationale the qualifiers had been cancelled was that the Americas had put tighter restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The article went on to clarify that qualification for the Tokyo Video games could be decided by means of the Boxing Job Power (BTF) rankings.
]“In latest weeks, tighter journey restrictions and lockdowns have been carried out throughout the area, which has considerably disrupted worldwide journey and pose logistical challenges to groups travelling to and from Buenos Aires, jeopardising their capability to take part within the occasion,” the BTF stated.
The article additional went on to state: “Given the character of the occasion as an Olympic qualifier which is able to award a lot of direct quota locations for the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020, making certain honest entry and a secure surroundings for all athletes and officers is of the best significance.
“Sadly, the present state of affairs within the area doesn’t present the assurances wanted for these rules to be adopted on the occasion scheduled in Buenos Aires.
“Because of this, after a radical evaluation and consultations with groups, the BTF’s athlete ambassadors and boxing consultants plus the Organising Committee, the BTF has determined to cancel the occasion and restructure the Tokyo 2020 qualification pathway for the Americas area.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled for July twenty third to August eighth and Gittens who’s at present house in quarantine stated for her it was not over till “the fats girl sings.”
In a quick phone interview with Barbados TODAY, Gittens, a Central American and Caribbean bronze medallist, defined that mentally and bodily she was doing properly.
“I’m joyful to be house. It was powerful.
I’m nonetheless figuring out, making an attempt to maintain the identical schedule as I used to be up the highway (Washington DC). I’m nonetheless making an attempt to place in two exercises a day.
“We’re nonetheless making an attempt to maintain up with this system as a result of we don’t know the way issues are going to show and who may be chosen.
So, your entire staff nonetheless has to coach as if we had been going.
“All just isn’t misplaced. It’s simply that there’s a lot of uncertainty however all hope just isn’t misplaced. We hope that we get one individual in (Olympics) whoever which may be,” Gittens stated.
Regardless of not permitting herself to really feel dispirited concerning the cancellation, Gittens did acknowledge that this was the kind of state of affairs that would result in the boxers feeling depressed.
And she or he identified that it isn’t simply Barbados however others across the Caribbean who’re feeling disenchanted.
“It is vitally miserable for anyone getting ready for one thing after which to listen to it isn’t occurring anymore. It is vitally simple for the thoughts and physique to chill out.
“We’re most anxious clearly as a result of we’re already deprived as a result of we don’t get to go to sure video games that may qualify you for a world rating within the Americas. We principally field inside ourselves… so everyone is in limbo.
“I spoke to my associates from Trinidad. They don’t seem to be joyful about it however everyone nonetheless got here up with the plan to maintain coaching as a result of this could possibly be a blessing in disguise. We would get extra of a good alternative right here than if we even went to a qualifier,” she defined.
However Gittens stated she doesn’t intend to lose concentrate on what’s at stake and that’s the chance of representing Barbados on the Olympics.
“You might have individuals behind you backing you, so if nothing else that ought to assist encourage your mindset and drive you to push your self,”
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