Monday 26 February 2018

Irish female boxing captain (15) hospitalised after being 'punched' by adult trainer

Police investigation underway into attack at team hotel in Germany following European event

Mary Kate Nevin (15), seen with black eye (inset)
Mary Kate Nevin (15), seen with black eye (inset)
Mary Kate Nevin in action at the tournament in Germany. Picture: IABA
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The captain of the Irish junior boxing team was taken to hospital after she was punched in the eye at her hotel by an adult male after a European tournament.

Mary Kate Nevin (15) won gold and the 'Best Boxer Award' at the Queens Cup in Germany on Saturday but just hours later she was allegedly punched in the eye by a Russian trainer after making noise in their hotel.

Irish Team manager Bernie Harold told that Mary Kate was brought to a nearby hospital where she was treated by doctors.

"We are absolutely appalled by what happened," she said. "We have reported it to the police in Germany and they will be pursuing it. The IABA [Irish Athletic Boxing Association], the Russian Federation and the world body will be investigating it."

Ms Harold, who is also the chairperson of Women's Boxing nationally, explained that Ms Nevin, from Mullingar, and another competitor had travelled to another room in the hotel they were staying in Straslund on Saturday night when the altercation occurred.

She explained that the youngsters were "giggling" and "laughing" and that this noise woke the suspected attacker.

"They were all put to bed, the coaches were downstairs having a cup of coffee and that's when it happened.

"Mary Kate and another girl went to get a drink of coke from another girl in another room," she explained.

"This man came out of the room and he punched her in the eye."

Mary Kate was brought by coaches to a nearby hospital where she was examined by medical staff.

Asked how the junior boxer is now, Ms Harold said: "She's good. I brought her to the hospital last night and they were happy to let me bring her back to the hotel. Myself and the coaches stayed up with her through the night. She's good.

"It's a huge thing for Mary Kate at the moment. She was the best boxer the tournament. She beat a hugely talented Russian along the way and it is a shame for something like this to happen.

"She's a very, very talented boxer. She has huge future ahead of her."

Ms Harold said they have made a statement to German police.

"A report has been made to police and we are going to pursue this. We will not let this rest."

The suspect has not been arrested and Mr Harold said the matter is now with the German prosecutor.

"All the girls are very distressed by this. We are very conscious of that."

A total of 15 junior Irish females took part in the event and the team had a record haul of seven gold, four silver and four bronze medals. The team arrived home to Dublin on Sunday night.

Ms Harold said: "It was an incredibly successful tournament. We went with 15 boxers and we came home with 15 medals. That is unprecedented.

"That is the real story of this tournament."

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