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Anna Nolan: National disgrace that world champion Katie wasn't shown on live TV

Why is it that one of our most successful sports stars is reduced to an internet grab? Katie Taylor is the most famous woman in her field, she is a world champion three times over, and she has the potential to bring home a gold medal from the Olympics. But no one can bother to give her the respect she deserves.

Even though the President led the congratulations, even though Jimmy Magee gave her huge praise on the television programme Up for the Match, and even though Denis O'Brien has confirmed that he will be sponsoring the world champion for the next three years, Taylor gets less coverage in Ireland than any of her sporting peers.



Important

Although we have paid our television licenses, not one broadcaster felt it relevant or important enough to let this country see one of its heroes thrash her Chinese opponent in Barbados on Sunday night.

Born in 1986 in Bray, Co Wicklow, Taylor has been breaking records since she put on boxing gloves at the age of 12. She made boxing history in 2005 when she became the first Irish woman to win a gold medal at the Senior European Championships. And on Sunday night she won her third World Championship.

Is it because she is a woman that she doesn't get the coverage? If it had been Bernard Dunne or any of the other successful male boxers, there is no doubt it would have been on RTE.

When you consider that she was nominated for Sports Personality of the Year in 2009, you would think that she would get as much air time as the other personalities. Look at the other nominees -- Brian O'Driscoll, John Oxx, Brian Cody, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Paul Galvin.

Not a chance. There has been more coverage of horses belonging to John Oxx than there has been of Taylor.

Taylor always thanks her fans and comments on the amount of support she gets from Ireland. She always seems surprised that so many people are proud of her. But as a female boxer, she has been put down to the bottom of the priority list of sports stars that should be televised.

It is an absolute disgrace. She is a pioneer for women boxing and a true champion. She has brought honour to her country and is expecting nothing back.



Sensational

She is being let down every step of the way by those who should be highlighting her sensational career. Katie Taylor deserves more than web streaming.

But watch, you will see all the broadcasters crawling all over Katie when she starts her fighting for the Olympics. There will be interviews with families and friends. And as medal hopes increase, Katie will be "one of theirs".

Well, get the fingers out, and give this wonderful athlete the respect she deserves -- now.


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