Tokyo Olympics 2020 silver medalist, Mirabai Chanu is unlikely to feature in the Paris Olympics 2024. Paris will be hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics from 26 July 2024 to 11 August 2024.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board has revised its policies and they have the power of expunging a few sports from the Olympic program. The IOC can now take the decisions of removal of any sports if the decisions made by its governing body clash with that of the Olympic body’s executive board. They can target those sports if it “acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic movement”.
The sports certainly targeted are weightlifting and boxing. Weightlifting is targeted because of its long-term doping instances and governance problems.
The IOC executive board and governing bodies will implement the decisions. But the athletes will have to face setbacks. Especially for a country like India, it’s a huge loss and disappointing. There are many Indian aspiring athletes that have the ability to bring medals in weightlifting and boxing and they might lose their chances. Due to such decisions by the IOC, the participation of Mirabai Chanu in the Paris Olympics 2024 is uncertain.
This year in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India won two medals in weightlifting and boxing. Mirabai Chanu clinched the silver home in weightlifting while Lovina Borgohain brought the bronze home in boxing.
It’s only a matter of time to see if the IOC amends their rules and ticks off weightlifting from the 2024 Paris Olympics.
State of Boxing:
Also, the IOC will look into boxing at the Tokyo Olympics and its amelioration under the realm of AIBA and its president Umar Kremlev. They need to look into it thoroughly before making a decision on the continuation of boxing in the Olympics.