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Six Algerian Boxers Going to Olympics

Beijing was named the host city for the 2008 Olympics on 13 July 2001. For years now, renovations to heritage sites, monuments and attractions have been underway, in anticipation of the thousands of visitors who will come to Beijing between the 8th and the 24th of August 2008 during the Olympic Games. Athletes from all over the world, and their supporters, will be flocking to the city to lend their support to their countries, and Algeria will be represented by no less than six boxers in the Olympic boxing ring.

When boxing first appeared as an Olympic sport, boxers had only strips of leather tightly wound around their fists for protection. Today, boxing has evolved into an art form that consists of skill, movement and the ability to read your opponent. For any boxer to be able to represent their country at the Olympics is a major achievement, and for Algeria to have six boxers that qualified is a proud and cherished victory. The divisions for boxing at the Olympics include light-flyweight, flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, light-heavy weight, heavyweight and super heavyweight.

Between the 22nd and the 31st of January 2008, the AIBA 1st Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament took place in Algiers, Algeria. So far, there are twenty-one boxers who have already booked their tickets for Beijing, and they represent eight different countries. Algeria has done well, with six boxers qualifying, Morocco has five boxers, Tunisia has four, Egypt has two and Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana and Namibia each have one boxer going to the Olympics. These boxers are spread out over the 51 kilogram, 57 kilogram, 64 kilogram, 75 kilogram and the 91 kilogram divisions.

And while the African countries have been fighting it out, the 1st AIBA Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament has been underway in Bangkok, Thailand, with Thailand finishing with five wins, China with four and Kuwait with one. With all the countries and their athletes showing so much promise and determination, it is most definitely going to be a nail-biting Olympic Games. Algeria, having the most entrants to the boxing division of the Olympic Games, will be the country to look out for.


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