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
Mr. Fergal Carruth:
Mr. Kirwan put it very well. He set out that it has always been the case in amateur boxing that boxers will want to go to the Olympic Games and eventually on to the professional circuit. Some 62% of our teams from the 1992 games went professional, and as Mr. Kirwan rightly alluded to, 80% of all our medalists to date have gone professional. With the help of Sport Ireland, we can make a significant impact on that. We have had a great start with Kellie Harrington and Aidan Walsh choosing to stay amateur to date. It it is hoped that will be the catalyst for many more successful amateurs to stay in the amateur profession for a longer period of time.