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Boxers of Turkmenistan will compete for Olympic tickets at the tournament in Bangkok

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Boxers of Turkmenistan will compete for Olympic tickets at the tournament in Bangkok
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Alexander Vershinin

Three athletes will represent Turkmenistan at the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament starting today in Bangkok.

The qualifying tournament in the Thai capital brought together 579 boxers from 133 countries, who will compete for 51 quotas in seven men's and six women's weight categories for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Shukur Ovezov (57 kg weight category), Saparmyrat Odayev (up to 63.5 kg) and Bayramdurdy Nurmuhammedov (up to 71 kg) will fight for Olympic tickets as part of the Turkmen national team.

Shukur Ovezov and Bayramdurdy Nurmuhammedov successfully combine boxing with studies at the Turkmen State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports, while Saparmyrat Odayev combines it with coaching work at sports school No. 3 in Balkanabat.

According to the draw, Shukur Ovezov (up to 57 kg) will be the first to enter the ring as part of our team. He will start against Ziyad Ali Majrashi (Saudi Arabia). The winner of this confrontation will face in the next round the winner of the pair Carlo Paalam (Philippines) - Alexey Lagazashvili (Greece).

Saparmyrat Odayev (up to 63.5 kg) will have to fight Kon Chin Lee (Hong Kong) in the first bout. In case of victory in this fight, our compatriot in the next round will meet the winner of the pair Wu Tan Dat (Vietnam) - Tsendbaatar Erdenebat (Mongolia).

And the bronze medalist of the XIX Asian Games in Hangzhou (China), Bayramdurdy Nurmuhammedov, will start the fight against Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar (Mongolia), 27-year-old bronze medalist of the 2022 Asian Championships. The winner of this pair will meet in the second round of the competition with the winner of the fight Nishant Dev (India) - Armando Bigafa Bigatte Naae (Guinea-Bissau).

The 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament in Bangkok is the last chance for boxers to earn quotas for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the Olympic program. Two millennia later, the first fist fighting competition took place at the ancient Olympic Games, and boxing made its debut in the modern Olympic program in 1904 in St. Louis.

Women's boxing appeared at the 2012 London Olympics. At the 2024 Paris Olympics, the number of participants among men and women will be equal for the first time.

248 athletes will compete in the Olympic boxing competitions in Paris: 124 women and 124 men. As the host, France received six tickets - three men's and three women's. Nine places are allocated for National Committees poorly represented at the Olympic Games - five for women and four for men.

In total, each National Olympic Committee can enter up to 13 boxers for the 2024 Olympics: six women (one in each weight category) and seven men (one in each weight category).

The Olympic boxing competitions in Paris 2024 will take place from July 27 to August 10 at Roland Garros and North Paris Arena.

In all weight categories, the competitions will be held according to the cup system. After the preliminary rounds (1/16 and 1/8 finals), there will be quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The gold and silver medalists will be determined in the finals. Both losing semifinalists will receive bronze medals.