Training camp confusion as IABA delay on Worlds squad
Published 18/08/2011 | 05:00
The IABA delay in selecting a team for next month's World Amateur Boxing Championships means that nearly one third of the group flying out to a training camp in Italy tomorrow will not make it to Baku.
Fifteen boxers have been chosen to travel to Assisi but, with a doubling up in four weight divisions, four of the party will be getting bad news, possibly within 24 hours of their arrival.
Saturday's Central Council meeting is expected to finally rubber-stamp a selection for the Worlds, which commence on September 22.
With teams restricted to one contestant at each weight, the association has thus gone to the expense of sending four boxers into training-camp for a competition they will not be involved in.
The World Championships will be the first of only two qualification opportunities for next year's London Olympics and, as of now, reigning European champions Joe Ward and Ray Moylette -- both of whom would be seeded in Baku -- are not certain of selection. Likewise, Darren O'Neill, who has not lost a fight in Ireland for three years.
Of those flying to Italy, only Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, David Oliver Joyce, Ken Egan and Con Sheehan do so with their places effectively secure.
The situation seems potentially ruinous for Ireland's High Performance coaching staff, who now face the possibility of having four disaffected boxers in camp with them.
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