Boxing and shooting join 2023 European Games programme
- 02 February 2021
Boxing and shooting are the latest sports to be officially confirmed for the 2023 European Games. The third edition of the Games will be held in Kraków and Małopolska, APA reports.
With that the programme now has eight disciplines, including badminton, beach handball, canoe slalom, karate, modern pentathlon and taekwondo which have been confirmed earlier. Boxing was not on the provisional list but it will join the programme of the Games for the third time with an opportunity to get medals. Still it's role in the Olympic qualification process, which is said to be the aim for the Olympic disciplines included in the programme, is unknown.
That's also the case for the shooting, but this discipline already gave some quota for Tokyo 2020 Games to the European athletes, so a similar decision is expected also for Paris 2024. On the contrary to boxing, the shooting's future in the Olympic Movement is not endangered, which is the case for boxing as the result of bad governance issues within AIBA, leading in the suspension of the federation by the IOC and leading the Tokyo 2020 tournament and its qualifiers by the IOC Working Group.