Tuesday 6 December 2016

Elite coach Zaur Antia turns down six-figure salary to stay with Ireland

Published 30/11/2016 | 02:30

Irish head coach Zaur Antia. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Irish head coach Zaur Antia. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Irish head coach Zaur Antia is understood to have turned down a lucrative offer from Azerbaijan to remain at the helm with Ireland.

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As reported in the Irish Independent, Antia was offered a substantial six-figure salary, which would have doubled his wage, to lead Azerbaijan to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Georgia-born coach, who has been with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) High Performance Unit for over a decade, enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the best technical coaches in the world.

Based in Bray, he was the subject of speculation linking him with positions in the Americas and the Middle East immediately after Rio.

"I think I will stay, but we'll see. I want the team to get more respect, this is a great team and they deserve respect," Antia said at the time.

Under Antia, Ireland failed to medal at Rio 2016, with the eight-strong squad, touted as the greatest Irish boxing side to enter the Olympics, winning just four fights between them.

Ireland did, however, still win 17 medals in World and European competition in 2016

With Antia as head coach, three of those medals were won at Elite level, with Kellie Harrington and Taylor winning world silver and bronze and Christina Desmond of Cork winning European bronze.

Irish Independent

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