Boxing categories altered for '12 Games

MILAN -- The International Boxing Association has reduced the number of men's weight categories from 11 to 10 for the 2012 London Olympics.

The move was made Monday to accommodate women's boxing at the games, which the IOC Executive Board unanimously agreed on last month. The IOC would not allow the AIBA to add to its total number of boxers.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, there were 286 boxers -- all male. In London the total will remain the same but there will be 250 male boxers and 36 female boxers.

To decrease the number of men, the AIBA condensed its four lightest weight categories into three.

The new categories will apply to all AIBA events starting in September 2010.

The decisions were made during a meeting of the AIBA Executive Committee Bureau in Milan during the world championships.