The International Olympic Committee's executive board has approved its boxing programme for Tokyo 2020 and increased the number of female competitors.

The IOC has also rubber-stamped its decision to suspend Olympic boxing's governing body AIBA, which was stripped of the right to organise the tournament at Tokyo 2020 last month.

At its latest meeting on Wednesday, the IOC's executive board confirmed a task force led by the president of the International Gymnastics Federation, Japan's Morinari Watanabe, will organise the boxing qualifiers and competition in Tokyo.

"The boxing tournament will be composed of 13 weight categories, eight for men and five for women (compared to 10 for men and three for women at Rio 2016), as already approved by the IOC executive board in June 2017," the IOC said.

The eight categories for men at Tokyo 2020 will be featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight, heavyweight and super-heavyweight.

The women's categories will be flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight.

"The proposal includes a revised quota distribution to enhance gender equality, which would increase by 25 per cent the women's quota previously approved by the IOC Executive Board in June 2017," the IOC said.

"The overall quota of 286 athletes is maintained and will be made up of 186 men and 100 women (compared to 250 men and 36 women at Rio 2016)."

The IOC confirmed a total of four continental qualification events will be held, with the Asia and Oceania event combined, along with a further World Qualification Event, and these will be staged between January and May 2020.

The IOC announced its decision to suspend AIBA on 22 May, following a six-month investigation.

AIBA had struggled to answer questions about its finances, governance and refereeing standards.

"Following the recommendations made on 22 May 2019 by the IOC EB to keep the boxing tournament on the Tokyo 2020 sports programme while suspending the recognition of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), the IOC EB added further proposals to ensure the delivery of the qualification events and the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020," the IOC said.

Chair of the Boxing Task Force, Watanabe, added: "These recommendations aim to keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Games, protecting their experience and their right to compete.

"They also fully respect the principles of inclusivity and universality, increase the gender balance and establish fair participation criteria for athletes across the world, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive representation."