Canadian player Mandy Bujold (Mandy Bujold) won the Tokyo Olympic boxing match
Canadian boxer Mandy Buyod won the competition for the Tokyo Olympics next month.
Bujold said on Wednesday that the Sports Arbitration Tribunal has ruled that the eligibility criteria must include accommodation for pregnant or post-natal women during the eligibility period.
“I am happy to say that my lawsuit was won,” Bujold, 33, said in a statement.
The Kitchener, Ontario boxer was initially ruled ineligible for the competition because she was pregnant and post-natal with daughter Kate Olympia in 2018 and 2019, after the global pandemic wiped out the 2020 competition year. Used by the International Olympic Committee to determine eligibility.
Bujold was ranked second in the world before taking maternity leave, but did not participate in the three events used in the IOC’s revised ranking.
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The 11-time national flyweight champion has always believed that she will win a place in the Olympic qualifiers in Buenos Aires in May, but the event was cancelled due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Argentina.
Bujold and her lawyer Sylvie Rodrigue initially requested a berth from the International Olympic Committee, but were rejected and appealed to CAS.
Two-time Pan American Games champion Bujold will become the first woman to represent Canada in boxing competitions in consecutive Olympic Games. An illness shattered her dreams at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and she won the fifth place.
Bujold said that she is fighting for qualifications more about gender equality than her Olympic status.
“My Olympic seat is not important here,” Bujold said in a statement.
“What matters is the recurring pattern of gender inequality in sports. Women should not be punished for being women. They should be respected for the unique challenges they face and continue to overcome.”