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Irvine named captain of Ireland’s Olympic boxing team

6 May 2021; Brendan Irvine throughout a Tokyo Team Ireland Announcement for Boxing on the Institute of Sport on the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Belfast flyweight boxer Brendan Irvine will captain the seven-man boxing staff heading to Tokyo in July

Team Ireland made the official announcement at present together with confirming the seven boxers that can be touring to Japan for the Olympic Games.

This is a really new staff with six of the boxers making their debuts on the Tokyo Games. Irvine is without doubt one of the extra skilled athletes with him being a part of the Rio 2016 staff.

The majority of the staff confirmed their place on the video games on the European Olympic Qualifier this month.

European Games Champion Kurt Walker additionally confirmed qualification after the shut of rankings.

Speaking on the announcement, Irvine stated:

“We are excited to just get stuck in now. We have a strong team, with every single person going into the Olympic Games with a real opportunity to do something special.”

Former Olympic Champion Bernard has additionally taken over as Team Ireland Boxing Performance Director.

Along with rowing, boxing is Ireland’s most profitable Olympic sport. This staff comes into the competitors with nice confidence after three of them received medals in Paris earlier this month.

“The Olympics are like no other tournament, and I’m lucky to be going to my second. We all know that these Games will be different and that it will be a new experience for each of us, but especially on the back of what has been a tough and testing year, we are ready,” added Irvine.

Team Ireland boxing staff

Brendan Irvine (Flyweight 52kg)

Kurt Walker (Featherweight 57kg)

Aidan Walsh (Welterweight 69kg)

Emmet Brennan (Light Heavyweight 81kg)

Michaela Walsh (Featherweight 57kg)

Kellie Harrington (Lightweight 60kg)

Aoife O’Rourke (Middleweight 75kg)

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