Historically, women have been barred from certain sports due to their gender. In New Zealand, women boxers only emerged in the 1990s and their participation was still controversial in the early 2000s. Olympic women's boxing was held for the first time in the London games of 2012. Alexis Pritchard (in red, pictured during her Olympic bout against Russian Sofya Ochigava in 2012) and Siona Fernandez were New Zealand's boxing representatives at the London Olympics – no men were selected. In the lead-up to the games, Pritchard was outspoken about the right of women to compete in any sport.
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