On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Boxing Canada named the three athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The three athletes selected include: Arthur Biyarslanov (64kg, 2015 Pan Am Games champion), Mandy Bujold (51kg, two-time Pan Am Games champion) and Ariane Fortin (75kg, two-time world champion). The team is coached by Danielle Bouchard, Kevin Howard, Robert Schinke and Daniel Trépanier.
The athletes earned their spots at the 2016 AOB American Olympic Qualification Event which took place March 11–19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where all three boxers had to finish amongst the top-two of their respective weight category. These will be the first Olympic Games for all three athletes. Rio 2016 will also mark a historical first in Olympic boxing as headgear is removed from the men’s competition and non-AIBA professional boxers were eligible to qualify.
With all qualification events done, the boxers are now focusing on their preparation and fine-tuning their skills for Rio. A final training camp will take place in Montreal from July 25 to August 2 before they travel to Brazil.
Boxing is a thrilling sport to watch as it is a well-rounded discipline that combines strength, speed, technical and tactical elements. The Olympic boxing competition will take place at the Riocentro Pavilion 6, August 6-21, with a total of 13 events (10 for men, three for women).
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.
Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of boxing in Canada. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canadians to make Olympic boxing a major sport and physical activity while striving towards Canada being a dominant nation internationally.
The boxing team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Arthur Biyarslanov, Toronto, ON – Men’s 64kg
Mandy Bujold, Kitchener, ON – Women’s 51kg
Ariane Fortin, Saint-Nicolas, QC – Women’s 75kg
Coach – Danielle Bouchard, Jonquière, QC
Coach – Kevin Howard, London, England
Mental performance consultant – Robert Schinke, Montreal, QC
Team Leader – Daniel Trépanier – Montreal, QC
Story from the Canadian Olympic Committee | olympic.ca
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