Saturday 23 September 2017

Olympic duo must wait for green light

Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes may have to wait until December to find out if they have booked their place to the 2016 Olympics in Rio
Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes may have to wait until December to find out if they have booked their place to the 2016 Olympics in Rio
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan earned quota places for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio through the World Series of Boxing (WSB) earlier this month - but the Belfast duo might not receive confirmation that they are going to Rio until next December.

Barnes and Conlan can compete in the World Elite Men's Championships in Qatar in October, as confirmed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) yesterday.

The European Games in Azerbaijan in June is a qualifier for the World Championships, which is also a qualifier for Rio 2016.

But each European Federation can send another boxer or boxers - besides the ones that earned Rio 2016 quota places through the WSB - to the European Games.

Likewise, if Ireland were to send a light-fly and a bantam other than Barnes and Conlan to the European Games, they can qualify for the Worlds. And if they qualify for the Olympics from the Worlds in the light-fly and bantam classes, Ireland would have four boxers qualified in two weight categories.

Only one boxer per weight per country can compete at the Olympics. The AIBA press release stated: "Should another boxer also win a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games via the AIBA World Boxing Championships, the respective National Olympic Committee will then have to choose between the two boxers and confirm their selected boxer to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games no later than December 4, 2015."

Meanwhile, Cuba (5), Russia (3) and Ireland (2) won the lion's share of the Olympic quota places from the World Series of Boxing. The regular 2015 WSB season ended last Monday.

Irish Independent

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