Kenya’s welterweight Elizabeth Akinyi and Burundi’s flyweight Ornella Havyarimana are among the five African women boxers who have received byes to the second round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and are just one fight away from the quarters.
Akinyi will take on Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena on July 27. The Mozambican also got a bye.
Havyarimana meets the winner between Canada’s Mandy Bujola v Nina Radovanovic on July 29.
Morocco’s welterweight Oumayma Belabib has a date with Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko on July 27. Both boxers also received byes.
In an all-African lightweight battle, Algeria’s Imane Khelif battles it out with Tunisia’s Mariem Zayani, both having received byes to the second round.
Byes aside, the African women will open their campaign tomorrow (July 24) when DR Congo’s Sakobi Matshu fights Nesty Petecio of the Philippines in the featherweight division while Botswana’s featherweight Sadie Kenosi battles Britain’s Karriss Artingstall.