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Kenes Rakishev believes in Kazakhstani boxing team at the Paris Olympic games

In less than two years, 124 men and 124 women will compete in the boxing ring at the Olympic games in Paris. Men will have seven weight categories, women — six. What are the chances in women’s and men’s boxing in Kazakhstan? The head of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Kenes Rakishev is confident that the chances of the national teams are quite good. And given the recent successes of female boxers, Kazakhstanis can aim for the highest awards in almost all weight categories.

At the 2024 Summer Olympics in boxing, men will compete in the categories up to 51 kg, up to 57 kg, up to 63.5 kg, up to 71 kg, up to 80 kg, up to 92 kg, over 92 kg, women – up to 50 kg, up to 54 kg, up to 57 kg, up to 60 kg, up to 66 kg, up to 75 kg.

Compared to the last Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Paris 2024, women’s lightest weight is now limited not to 51 kg, but 50 kg. It is followed by a new weight category — up to 54 kg. The next two weight categories remained the same — up to 57 kg and up to 60 kg. Instead of a weight of up to 66 kg, there will be a category of up to 69 kg. The heavyweight limit at the 2024 Olympics in Paris will be familiar – up to 75 kg.

Qualification for the Olympics will begin in 2023, but for now we know the results of the 2022 World Championship in women’s boxing, held in Istanbul in May. The Kazakhstan women’s boxing team at the World Championship in Turkey won 5 medals (1 silver and 4 bronze). The ceremony honouring athletes, coaches and members of the integrated scientific group was held the day before by the head of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Kenes Rakishev.

Kazakhstan women’s boxing team at the World Championship in Turkey won 5 medals (1 silver and 4 bronze).

Kenes Rakishev praise the team for outstanding results

“As you know, more than 300 athletes from 72 countries boxed for medals in Istanbul. Our girls performed in full force in the Turkish ring and showed a decent result. Five medals is the best exit result in quantitative ratio. I was at this World Cup myself, I personally supported our Alua Balkibekova in the final. Of course, we all hope and believe that our main victories are still ahead. I express my gratitude to all of you for your hard work and dedication,” Kenes Rakishev said in his welcoming speech.

After a short press conference, the best of the best women’s boxing in Kazakhstan received cash certificates and cell phones of the latest models. Kenes Rakishev on his own behalf presented the silver medallist of the World Cup Aluya Balkibekova with 30,000 US dollars. Bronze medallists of the World Cup Zhaina Shekerbekova, Dina Zholaman, Karina Ibragimova and Valentina Khalzova received $10,000 each from the KBF president Kenes Rakishev.

Representatives of the coaching staff headed by Shamil Safiullin, personal trainers and a comprehensive scientific group were not left without attention. The amount of their remuneration from the president of the KBF Kenes Rakishev ranged from 800 to 1,300 US dollars.