Saturday afternoon at the Buenos Aires’ Oceania Pavilion saw 82 names from 38 countries go into the draw for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with all boxers born in 2000 or 2001. The five-day tournament, running from 14-18 October, not only provides the springboard to the Elite level, but an amazing view on the new generation of boxing champions.
“Youth competitions are always special for AIBA as the development of our grassroots is a central part of our DNA. And the Youth Olympic Games are even more unique because they also represent a wonderful opportunity for our young women and men boxers to learn and display the Olympic and AIBA values” said AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets.
This edition of the Youth Olympics will feature for the first time four women weight categories and nine men classes, and will witness the sport’s biggest hopes going toe-to-toe for the Youth Olympic glory.
On the women’s side of the draw, all eyes will be on two-times AIBA Youth World Champion, Heaven Garcia (51 kg) whose results this year prove she is coming to Buenos Aires with only the gold in mind. Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois (60 kg) will also be one to watch as she aims to keep her undefeated record safe and become Youth Olympic champion.
The men’s side of the draw can potentially bring an expected flyweight clash (52kg) between Great Britain’s Ivan Hope and Brazil’s hope Luiz Oliveira, who will try to emulate his grandfather 50 years after Servilio Oliveira clinched the first Olympic medal for the Carioca country.