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Women’s Boxing: The wait of 60 years is over, the Cuban government…


Cuba lifts ban on women’s boxing
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The long wait for Cuban women to compete in boxing tournaments is over. For the first time in 60 years, Cuban women will be able to compete in competitive bouts. Cuban officials announced that women boxers would be allowed to compete competitively after a 60-year ban.

Ariel Sanz, vice president of Cuba’s National Sports Institute (INDER), said that women will also box in Cuba. The women will take Cuba to the top of the medal table. We have a law. Now there will be equality between men and women.
There will be competition between 42 women
INDER announced that they would organize a competition this month among 42 women boxers, after which a 12-member women’s team would be selected. The team will make its international debut with the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador, he added.

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Allowed in other sports, not boxing
Officials did not explain why women were banned from boxing in Cuba, while women are allowed to participate in wrestling, weightlifting, karate, taekwondo and judo.
Happy months after a long fight
Boxers like Legnis Kala Masso are overjoyed to be allowed to participate in competitive boxing, a day they have been waiting for since they started boxing seven years ago. Female boxers like Kala Masso have fought hard over the years to gain this acceptance. “It was always said that boxing was not for Cuban women, it was always a problem,” Cala Maso said. Look where we are now, we never thought we would reach here.

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Cuban dominance in Olympic boxing
Cuba is known worldwide for its boxing. It has given the world great boxers such as Felix Savon, Teófilo Stevenson and Julio César La Cruz, and it has dozens of medals in the Olympics. Cuba has won 41 gold medals in boxing at the Olympics. This country is second in terms of winning the most medals in boxing in the Olympics. At the top is America which has won a total of 117 medals including 50 gold. Cuba’s total medals are 78.

IOC gave permission
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in 2009 that women would also participate in boxing. Three years later, women boxers participated in the 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Expansion

The long wait for Cuban women to compete in boxing tournaments is over. For the first time in 60 years, Cuban women will be able to compete in competitive bouts. Cuban officials announced that women boxers would be allowed to compete competitively after a 60-year ban.

Ariel Sanz, vice president of Cuba’s National Sports Institute (INDER), said that women will also box in Cuba. The women will take Cuba to the top of the medal table. We have a law. Now there will be equality between men and women.

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