SThere's an article on the Reuters Blogs today asking whether women should be allowed to box in the London Olympics in 2012. To be honest, I didn't realize women were not allowed to box. They can weightlift, run, dive play basketball, field hockey, do judo, fence and participate the Modern Pentathalon, but they can't box? It wasn't always so: Apparently there was women's boxing in the 1904 Olympics. And the International Boxing Association women's commission vice-chairwoman, Bettan Andersson, believes having women's boxing at the Olympics would help improve the overall image of the sport: "If women come in, people will feel the sport is more common, not so dangerous, and that would be a very good thing for the image of boxing," she says.As a fan of boxing, I have to agree. I used to think boxing was just a brutal, savage spectacle of two people beating the crap out of each other. And it is! But I've learned that it's more than that. It's a sport of endurance, skill, strategy and footwork. It's not brainless swinging — that's a bar brawl. Boxers train and think and outwit and scheme. And yes, brutally pummel each other. But when it comes to not letting women punch women, something stinks. Is this about females being delicate flowers? Is this about women not messing up their beautiful faces? I can't understand why women would be allowed to do Taekwondo in the Olympics, but not box. If you've ever seen Michelle Rodriguez in Girlfight or Laila Ali throw a jab, you know that an incredibly strong woman brings new meaning to the word "knockout". Should Women Box In The London Olympics? [Reuters]
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