AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, along with Brazilian Olympic Committee Superintendent, Marcus Freire Vinicius, the Brazilian Boxing Federation President Mauro Jose Da Silva, Everardo Candido Da Silva from Suderj and the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Terry Smith, Tournament Technical Delegate, were all in unison during the AIBA American Olympic Qualifying Event final day press conference, held at the Maracanazinho, in stating the success of the tournament that saw the final 38 Olympic quota places allocated to boxers in the Americas.
The focus then switched to the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, to which the AIBA President said "From what I have seen here at the AIBA American Olympic Qualifying Event, the organisation was almost perfect, so I expect Rio 2016 to be a major success".
Marcus Freire Vinicius, Brazilian Olympic Committee Superintendent, added that he was delighted to receive such an endorsement from Dr Wu, before saying "I look forward to working closely with AIBA as we build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, boxing is a sport of great tradition and we look forward to welcoming another great competition".
The AIBA President then answered questions from the media with one of the major topics being the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships currently being held in Qinhuangdao, China. When asked about how the tournament was going, Dr Wu replied, "The news from China is that the level and quality of boxing is at an all-time high, with record number of both participants and countries participating. When women's boxing makes its debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the world will see something special". He then went on to add, "I am also delighted to announce that Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee President, will be present to watch the women's boxing finals in London on 9 August at the ExCeL".
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