China to groom hopefuls in women's boxing for London Games

14:44, October 26, 2009      

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By sportswriter Wang Jimin

China has high hopes of winning more gold medals in women's boxing at the 2012 London Games after three events were included on the London program last August, a top boxing governing official said on Monday.

"China's women fighters are among the leading pack in the world and I think China has a great chance to win two gold medals in flyweight and middleweight, but for the lightweight, a lot more efforts have to be made," Chang Jianping, president of the Chinese Boxing Association, told Xinhua on Monday.

China has always been the powerhouse in women's boxing, with the women fighters coming to spotlight in the 2008 world championships by winning five gold medals.

Inclusion in the London Games resulted in greater funding for women's boxing from China's state system aimed for Olympic success as a total of 15 local teams have been set up to groom more women boxing hopefuls.

But Chang said the inclusion will also make other countries have an eye on the new titles.

"We have developed the sport for a long time, but many countries like Russia, Turkey and DPR Korea also have potentials to dominate so it must become more difficult for the Chinese boxers to win at the Olympics than the world championships," Chang added.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided in August to include flyweight, lightweight and middleweight in the London Games. Twelve women will fight in each of the three weights.

Source: Xinhua
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