In a long letter sent on May 13 to members of the IOC, Steven Guilbeault argues that athletes who choose to become a mother should not have to put their careers on the line.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two Olympic qualifying events have been canceled. To qualify its boxers for the Olympics, the IOC had to step back until 2018 and 2019. However, in the three events now counted for qualification, Mandy Bujold was on maternity leave. She therefore received no qualifying points.
Mr. Guilbeault considers that the qualification method used represents
a huge institutional problem.
The decision to become a mother in 2018 should in no way penalize Ms Bujold and prevent her from competing in the Olympics.
Mandy Bujold intends to retire from competition after the Tokyo Games. She therefore hoped to quit sport with a medal around her neck.
The lawyers of the Franco-Ontarian boxer had sent a letter to the IOC asking to take into account her performance after giving birth, without success.Mandy Bujold now turns to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in order to make his cause heard, but time is running out.
Tokyo Olympics set to start on July 23
In the evening Monday, the boxer congratulated on Twitter her three teammates officially qualified for the Games, Myriam Da Silva (69 kg), Tammara Thibeault (75 kg) and Caroline Veyre (57 kg).