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No risk is too great for the gods of Olympia, their heads high in the clouds. Heads that should now hang in shame.

David Kelly


Boxing qualifiers in London should not have taken place but Olympic chiefs have always put Games first

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Ireland's Brendan Irvine (blue) defeats Czech Republic's Istvan Szaka (blue) during day three of the Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena, London.

Ireland's Brendan Irvine (blue) defeats Czech Republic's Istvan Szaka (blue) during day three of the Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena, London.

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Ireland's Brendan Irvine (blue) defeats Czech Republic's Istvan Szaka (blue) during day three of the Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena, London.

Forgive us for not being surprised if the International Olympic Committee continues to receive the gold medal for fittingly Olympian levels of remaining out of touch with reality.

Only after the entire world laid down its bats and balls, and shed its boots and bibs, did the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which likes to believe it is a law unto itself – often quite literally – sullenly untie their gloves.

Tolling the final bell for the London boxing qualifiers was the right decision – but ringing it in the first place was entirely wrong.