Team Ireland arrive at World Championships ahead of hunt for medals and Olympic qualification

By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

Team Ireland completed their first light training session in Doha, Qatar this morning ahead of the start of the AIBA World Elite Championships and Olympic qualifiers in the Persian Gulf city on Tuesday.

Ireland’s seven-strong squad, who arrived in Doha yesterday, visited the 7,700 Ali Bin Hamas Al Attiya Arena-Al Sadd venue this afternoon – where they were met by a familiar face:

Michael Conlan poster

“The team are fine tuning now and keeping an eye on the weights,” said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.

The draw will be held on Monday. Boxing begins on Tuesday at the 73-nation tournament.

It’s 41 degrees in Doha today.

Irish Squad AIBA World Elite Championships 2015

49kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg Michael Conlan (Clonard) cpt
60kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
64kg Dean Walsh (St Joesphs/St IBars)
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
81kg Joe Ward (AIBA Pro Boxing)

Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger
Physiotherapist: Conor McCarthy
Sports Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton

Joe O'Neill

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