A Boxer May Miss the Olympics Because of Her Prepandemic Pregnancy

Olympic organizers changed how boxers from the Americas would qualify for Tokyo because of the pandemic. Now one of the best Canadians is on the outside looking in.

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be Mandy Bujold’s swan song, a capstone to the career of one of Canada’s best amateur boxers. Bujold, a 33-year old flyweight, has won 11 Canadian national championships, two Pan American Games titles, and a trip to the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Bujold’s bid for an Olympic medal before retiring from boxing now appears in jeopardy, undone by the coronavirus pandemic and ad hoc qualification rules that effectively penalized Bujold for having had a child.


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