Weight lifting and boxing are two sports that are canceled from the Summer 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
The International Olympic Committee will not allow boxing to compete in the Summer 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Boxing, along with Weight Lifting, and Modern Pentathlon were taken off of the official Olympic Summer Sports List. Modern Pentathlon comprises the five disciplines of fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, and running. Show jump is the competitive sport of riding horses over a course of fences and other obstacles in an arena, with penalty points for errors.
What sports are allowed to compete?
There are alot of sports that take place in the Summer Olympics (no, online casino game playing is not one of them).
1. 3x3 Basketball
3. Artistic Gymnastics
4. Artistic Swimming
7. Baseball Softball
9. Beach Volleyball
10. BMX Freestyle
11. BMX Racing
12. Canoe / Kayak Flatwater
13. Canoe / Kayak Slalom
17. Football (soccer)
23. Marathon Swimming
24. Mountain Bike
25. Rhythmic Gymnastics
26. Road Cycling
32. Sport Climbing
35. Table Tennis
38. Track Cycling
42. Water Polo
Why was boxing, weightlifting, and Modern Pentathlon excluded from list?
The official reason:
"IOC members cited governing and financial concerns with the AIBA International Boxing Association (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur) and financial and safety concerns with the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne. In regard to weightlifting, IOC said it felt that the International Weightlifting Federation, or IWF, hadn’t done enough to address ongoing doping concerns among some athletes."
"The IOC said it will reconsider its position on the three sports in 2023."
Olympics and Weightlifting
61 weightlifting doping positives were found between the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. They tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol. A total of 34 of those lifters were original medalists. In the men’s 94kg event alone in London, all three medalists and six of the top seven finishers were disqualified, all for anabolic steroids. Thirteen of the 15 weight classes in London have at least one disqualification, with one clean men’s event and one clean women’s event left.
If one looks at the list of banned athletes due to doping at the Olympics, weightlifting athletes stand out.
Olympics and Boxing
Irish middleweight Michael O’Reilly has been banned from boxing for four years for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid.
Yoka, who beat Britain's Joe Joyce in the final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was sanctioned by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to a one year ban.
Note: When I look at the list of athletes that were banned for doping, there are a huge number of athletes that were banned due to doping in weightlifting, but the number of people who were banned in boxing does not seem to be any higher than athletes banned due to doping in other sports.
Summer Olympics in 2012 had a huge number of athletes banned due to doping, but even then, boxing athletes were no greater than other sports.
So, at least from my perspective, the ban on boxing has nothing to do with doping, but it has to do with something else.
"IOC members cited governing and financial concerns with the AIBA International Boxing Association (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur)."
"Governing" implies, local government concerns. What local California government concerns are there? The only thing that I can think of is the transgender athlete issue. Currently in California, if a man says that they are a woman, they are placed in a woman's prison. The end result is a huge increase in the number of rapes (and other abuses) to women in these prisons. The response from the government is to give the women prisoners condoms.
So ... I am speculating here ... that the IOC is saying that due to the current government climate in California, if a male says that he is a woman, that in California, that man has to be allowed to compete in boxing against women. And by just looking at what is going on currently in Women's prisons in California, and take that to the level of the Olympics, the end result will be that somebody will be dead. So instead of just telling these "men" who say that they are women, "Sorry, but you have to compete against men", they are telling all athletes, "Sorry, but due to the risk of death in a transwoman against a biological woman boxing match, nobody is allowed to compete in boxing."
So if you wondering why your favorite boxing sport is no longer in the Summer Olympics, just look at what is currently going on in Woman's prisons in California.
Olympics and Modern Pentathlon
Modern Pentathlon comprises the five disciplines of fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, and running. Fencing is a valid Olympic sport. Swimming is a valid Olympic sport. Show jumping is a valid Olympic sport. And running is a valid Olympic sport. Even shooting is a valid Olympic sport.
But the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne cites financial and safety concerns.
So again, it has nothing to do with doping. So what is it?
Again, I am just speculating here, but I am just guessing that it has something to do with the Anti-Gun climate that exists in California.
The guns that are fired at the Olympics are air pistol shooting, air rifle shooting, rapid fire pistol shooting, rifle three positions shooting, skeet shooting, and trap shooting.
"California's gun laws are known for being some of the most restrictive in the nation. You must be 18 years old to buy a rifle or shotgun, and you must be 21 to buy a handgun."
"Possession of automatic firearms, and of short-barreled shotguns and rifles, is prohibited without a Dangerous Weapons Permit, that is received from the California Department of Justice pending a good reason for their possession such as: manufacture, repair, collecting in limited cases (pre-1990), movie prop guns or dealing with police/military. California Penal Code §25850 defines what constitutes a loaded weapon. "
In other words, the materials that are needed in order to do the sport are generally illegal to own in California with obtaining a special permit.
But this does pose the question of why is shooting by itself allowed, but the combined sport of Modern Pentathlon not allowed?
Obviously, if there is an issue with doping, especially when one particular sport has a disproportionate number of athletes doping, then it is the sign that there is a major problem with the sport. Weightlifting fits into this category.
The Modern Pentathlon seems to be related to a conflict with California's anti-gun regulations, but then why is the stand alone sport of shooting allowed, but the combined sport of fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, and running not allowed? I personally do not know the answer to that question.
Finally, there is the ban on boxing in the Summer Olympics in 2028 in California (not 2024 Olympics in France). If there was an actual real problem, then boxing would also be banned in the Olympics in 2024 in France. So essentially, from what I can see, due to the fact that California has set itself up with saying that any man that says that they are a woman must be allowed to participate in woman's sports, then if a man boxer says that "she" is woman, that "she" must be allowed to compete against biological women in boxing in the 2028 Summer Olympics.
But, by just looking at what is currently going on in the Prisons in California, where they already have informal "boxing" (aka, physical abuse by transwomen against biological women in prison), the transwomen are winning and the biological women are losing.
Transgender identified male prison inmates are transferred into women's prisons based on "individual preference", no hormones, surgery, or time spent living as the opposite sex required. 264 males have declared non-male identities. Even inmates who are committed violent offenses against women are being transferred into women's prisons. The end result is that these transgender inmates are sexually assaulting fellow prisoners. Even after raping women in a woman's prison, these transgender people were still not moved back into men's prisons.
So what does all of this have to do with boxing? The California government, as well as the International Olympics Committee, know, without a single doubt in their mind, that in a boxing match (no matter which variety we are talking about), pitting a man against a woman, even a transgender woman, is not a fair fight. And not only is it not a fair fight, but it could also very easily result in an unintended death.
But instead of the International Boxing Association standing up to the transgender committee and admitting what every person who has ever participated in boxing knows, that allowing transwomen to compete in boxing against biological women is not a fair fight, they are taking away the boxing competition in the Olympics.
And who gets punished for this? Hard working, honest boxers, who have never doped in their life, nor would they ever, even for a second, think to participate in a boxing match against a biological woman. But it is not just the women boxers who are having their favorite sport eliminated from the Olympics, but the male boxes are losing their sport as well.
What are your thoughts on this? Comment below. Did I miss something in why boxing is being eliminated as an Olympic Sport in California 2028, but not in France 2024? Do you think that transwomen should be allowed to box against biological women? And what about what is happening in Women's prisons, where women are forced to fight / box / get raped by transwomen, with no freedom of choice to participate in the activity or even walk away? Should that be allowed to continue?
I would really love to hear the comments from "real boxers" who love the sport when it is truly an honest match.