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Women to box

Olympic hopeful, female boxer Sabrina Ostowari.
Olympic hopeful, female boxer Sabrina Ostowari. Photo: Claudia Baxter

MORE than 12 months ago, The Reporter exclusively revealed women's boxing would be introduced to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Some sceptics didn't believe us even though Boxing Australia chairperson, Ted Tanner was quoted as saying it was 'certain' to happen.

And while the debate over whether women's boxing should be an Olympic sport continues to rage on, last Thursday night the International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced the sport into the next Olympic Games.

“I can only rejoice about the decision to include women's boxing in the Olympic Games,” IOC president, Jacques Rogge said.

One of Australia's leading hopefuls, Sabrina Ostowari didn't believe she was destined to compete at the Olympics.

After years of seeing women's boxing rejected of Olympic status, the 29-year-old boxer from Slacks Creek admitted she had her doubts whether she would get a chance to shoot for Olympic glory.

But Ostowari's doubts were squashed last Friday morning when she found out women's boxing had been admitted to the 2012 London Games.

The next Olympics would be her last chance to represent her country on the world's biggest stage and the crisp hitter is pleased to just have the opportunity to qualify.

“Representing my country at this level would be the ultimate goal, but even if I don't make it, just having the chance to try and get there is great,” she said.

Since linking with distinguished Logan Boxing Team trainer, Chris McCullen in 2005, Ostowari has established herself as one of the leading female boxers in the country.

The southpaw stance boxer is the current Queensland and national boxing champion in the 57kg division.

She also represented Australia at last year's Women's World Boxing Championships in China, where she went down to the eventual silver medallist in the second round.

Ostowari hopes the 'stigma' associated with the sport will be wiped away for good once people see it at the London Games.

“I think a lot of people have the stigma with professional boxing, but amateur boxing is very different,” she said.

“When people get to see it as this level and the skill involved and that it is not a blood sport, then they'll start respecting the sport.”

• What do you think? The Reporter wants to know if you believe women's boxing should have been admitted to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Email your thoughts to griffith.thomas@qtcn. com.au.


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