Switch 'beyond IABA control'
THE Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) have clarified their position on the decision of the European Boxing Confederation to move the European Women's Championships to 2014.
The continental deciders looked set to come to Ireland this year, giving Katie Taylor to opportunity to challenge for her sixth title in a row on home soil.
However, the IABA received a letter from the European Boxing Confederation on Wednesday informing them that the European Women's Championships had been pushed back to 2014.
Tommy Murphy, president of the IABA, said: "As far as the IABA are concerned we had it, but we were informed in a letter from the European body that the European Women's Championships will not be held until 2014.
"The decision was outside the control of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association."
Cheltenham Festival entry Pique Sous enjoyed the perfect return to action with victory in the Bookings at dundalkstadium.com Maiden under the floodlights.
Having his first start since October in the two-mile event on the Polytrack, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was partnered by Paul Townend and went off the 4/7 favourite, his fifth straight outing as an odds-on market leader.
Soon in a handy position from his wide draw, he never came off the bridle and Townend afforded himself a glance round as he eased to the front two furlongs out.
It was a stroll from there as he came home four-and-a-half lengths clear of Raise The Beat.
Third in last year's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, the Supreme Horse Racing Club-owned gelding is entered in the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle in March.
ALISON WALSHE blasted into the first-round lead at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters with a beautiful, bogey-free 66 at the Royal Pines Resort on Melbourne's Gold Coast.
Galway-born Walshe is a US citizen but agreed to serve as women's golf ambassador in America for 'The Homecoming'.
Raised in Boston but living in Florida, she had six birdies on her card as she nipped one clear of America's Jessica Korda in the year's opening Ladies European Tour event.