At the 2012 London Olympics Satoshi Shimzu won Japan's first boxing Olympic medal since 1968, when Eiji Morioka claimed a bronze medal. He had hoped to go to the 2016 Olympics and try to better than bronze in what would have been his third successive Olympics. Sadly however it appears that those dreams are over with AIBA putting Shimizu under a lengthy suspension.
On April 30th AIBA (the Amateur International Boxing Association) released a statement stating indicating that Shimizu had violated their rules and would be suspended for a year. That suspension, which they said included time served, ends in November though will mean that Shimizu cannot compete in either the APB or the World Amateur Championships.
In theory Shimizu does have one opportunity to reach the 2016 Olympics. That would involve winning the Asian Olympic Qualifying event, which will take place next year. Winning those qualifying events however is seen as a very difficult task with politics often playing a bigger role than the ability of the fighters involved.
The talented Shimizu, who turns 30 next March, will have a hard decision to make on whether or not to wait for the Asian qualifier or to see whether or not he can leave the grip of the APB and turn professional in the more normal manner. Odds are however that the APB contract will keep him on the sidelines until the 2016 Olympics at the earliest.
For fans wanting to read AIBA's statement that can be found in link below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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