Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media

Governance in Irish Athletic Boxing Association: Discussion

Photo of Christopher O'SullivanChristopher O'Sullivan (Cork South West, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

It is football. That is spot on. It makes sense that it is not a boxing stronghold. The few clubs we have are somewhat underfunded. They scrape by on fundraising and whatever finances they can scrape together. Despite my saying at the outset that it is not a stronghold, believe it or not, there are some young female boxers in particular who are starting to come up through the ranks, inspired by Kellie Harrington, Katie Taylor and many others. What is being done to infiltrate those rural areas? It appears the sport is urban-based. Many of our more successful athletes have been urban-based. What are we doing to reach out to those smaller clubs in rural areas that are trying their best to encourage young people to get into boxing? How are we funding that? Is there a plan for the future?


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