Before this year’s Olympics, The Netherlands had never sent any female boxers to the Games; this year, Revo Ambassador Nouchka Fontijn changed that by qualifying for Rio as a Middleweight boxer.
Fontijn began boxing in 2007 at age 19 after having studied Taekwondo for many years. She started competing later that year, with her first major success coming at the 2010 World Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados, where she made it to the quarterfinals. Most recently, Nouchka won a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in May.
Boxing has been around since the original Olympics in Greece at the end of the 7th Century, B.C., although the fighting was much more rudimentary at that time with less pads and protection. Boxing is also one of the only Olympic sports with two individual bronze medals - the two women who lose in the quarterfinals will both be awarded bronze medals, instead of having a runner-up match, like in tennis.
This year’s boxing events will take place at the Riocentro Pavilion 6, a new venue built exclusively for Olympic boxing. Fontijn competed in the first round on August 14th and moves on to the quarterfinals today. The finals are on August 21st. We wish Fontijin the best of luck!