Organisers say athletes will be given additional tests before fighting
Super heavyweight Frazer Clarke and lightweight Caroline Dubois are the first of 13 British boxers to compete at the Olympic qualifying event in London on Saturday, when 450 boxers from more than 50 countries attempt to secure spots at the Games.
Duboi, the 19-year-old sister of rising professional heavyweight star Daniel Dubois, faces Ala Staradub from Belarus at midday. Clarke, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist from 2018, who has been on the squad for a decade, meets Clemente Russo of Italy in the evening session at the Copper Box Arena, East London.
It is understood that the Italian team have been at a training camp outside Italy while the coronavirus causes havoc in their home country.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the event confirmed on Friday that the event will start as planned this weekend, following the latest advice provided by the Government and Public Health England. The statement from the LOC said: “Our approach to the coronavirus situation is guided by the advice provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the latest information indicates that the competition is able to get under way this weekend.
“We are in regular contact with PHE and recognise that the situation may change, but as things stand we can confirm that the draw for the tournament will take place today [Friday] and the tournament will get under way as planned on Saturday.”
“The health and wellbeing of participants and spectators is of the utmost importance to us and all of the teams have been told to adopt regular handwashing. If any of their group begins to exhibit cold or flu symptoms they are advised to self-isolate, stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and contact the LOC’s Chief Medical Officer who will be able to advise on their symptoms and any further medical assistance.
“We have also introduced a series of additional measures including routine temperature testing as part of the daily medicals for competing boxers which will provide us with additional data on the boxers and enable us to track and identify any changes.”
It was also officially announced on Friday that Dereck Chisora will face Alexader Usyk in a heavyweight contest on May 23 in London, under promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing banner.
Flyweight (52kg) Galal Yafai
Featherweight (57kg) Peter McGrail
Light-welter (63kg) Luke McCormack
Welterweight (69kg) Pat McCormack
Middleweight (75kg) Lewis Richardson
Light-heavy (81kg) Ben Whittaker
Heavyweight (91kg) Cheavon Clarke
Super-heavy (91kg+) Frazer Clarke
Flyweight (51kg) Charley Davidson
Featherweight (57kg) Karriss Artingstall
Lightweight (60kg) Caroline Dubois
Welterweight (69kg) Rosie Eccles
Middleweight (75kg) Lauren Price