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. Ciaran Kirwan:
I know you are, Chair. This article was written the day before one of our boxers boxed against a world champion in the Olympic Games. It stated:
So far the Irish boxers have failed to catch a break in the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. Sadly, long gone are the days when Ireland punched above its weight in the sport at Olympic level.
In truth, Ireland possibly overachieved by getting seven boxers on the plane to Tokyo. And just to compound matters the majority of the fighters got the equivalent of the draw from hell.
That was written by the same journalist. That was undermining one of our boxers in the middle of the Olympic Games. We do punch about our weight. We have continued to punch above our weight, and as Mr. Treacy said, we are the largest contributor to Irish success on the international sporting stage. I just want to make that point.
We are incredibly proud of the work our volunteers do in their local communities. They are some of the most socioeconomically deprived communities. In many cases, there is no other sport available.