With the cancellation of the Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifiers back in April, the qualification procedure was restructure and the quotas were reallocated to the highest ranked athletes from the Americas in the BTF Rankings. While this was seen as a bit controversial, nonetheless the quotas have been allocated and almost all have been confirmed.
Depending on the event, 3-5 athletes were selected to compete at the Olympics based on their ranking. Brazil and Cuba tied for the most quotas with seven each. Cuba has so far qualified in 7/8 men’s events while for Brazil it was a 4-3 split. Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the United States followed closely behind with six quotas.
Argentina, Canada and Venezuela qualified three athletes while Ecuador qualified in the men’s featherweight and men’s heavyweight. The remaining nations qualified one athlete each, specifically, Antigua and Barbuda in men’s lightweight, Mexico in women’s lightweight, Panama in women’s middleweight, Peru in men’s lightweight, Puerto Rico in men’s flyweight and Trinidad and Tobago in men’s middleweight.
In total, 15 nations qualified at least one athlete. The final opportunity for athletes from the Americas to qualify would have been at the World Qualification Qualifier, but that too was cancelled. Instead, a single quota will be available in each weight class to the next highest ranked athlete in the BTF Rankings from the continent. The Boxing Task Force has yet to make those quotas official.