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Tokyo 2021 European qualifiers to resume in April

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16 fighters managed to qualify in March before COVID forced postponement

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The Tokyo 2020 2021 European qualifiers, which lasted just over two days this past March before the IOC pulled the plug over coronavirus concerns, are officially set to resume in April. The event will run from the 22nd to the 26th in London’s Copper Box Arena.

Some generous soul thoroughly filled out the results on Wikipedia. Some highlights:

  • France, Britain, and Spain currently lead the pack with two successful qualifications apiece. No tournaments above featherweight have reached the quarterfinals.
  • While Delfine Persoon was bounced in the opening around and fellow former champ Ivana Habazin exited soon after, a couple of noteworthy professionals remain in the running: reigning IBF super featherweight champion Maiva Hamadouche (France) and cruiserweight veteran Mateusz Masternak (Poland).
  • Multi-time super heavyweight medalist Clemente Russo withdrew from a planned clash with Frazer Clarke due to illness.
  • Hovhannes Bachkov reached the Round of 16 on a bye, but turned professional after the initial postponement. No word on whether he’s coming back.

The Africa and Asia/Oceania qualifiers successfully concluded beforehand, while the Americas qualifier remains to be run.