The routes that the Irish boxers in Rio will be revealed today as draw will be made. The draw will be made for the 2016 Olympics this afternoon (3pm Irish time) at the Teatro Berdasco, Village Mall, Barra in the host city for the 31 Olympiad.
Joe Hennigan commenting on the draw said ‘It’s a waiting camp for here on in. The boys are working away and are very much looking forward to it. The light-flyweight, lightweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweights will open proceedings on Saturday at the Pavilion 6 venue. The female boxing programme doesn’t start until the 12th of August. The five champions from the last Olympics in London are Ireland’s Katie Taylor, Great Britain’s Nicola Adams, Claressa Shield from the USA and Cuban pair Robeisy Ramirez and Roniel Iglesias.
The eight strong Irish boxers have almost 40 medals between them. This equating to Olympic, World, European medals from gold to bronze. Paddy Barnes will lead out the Irish team at Friday’s Opening Ceremony, the Belfast man won the World Series of Boxing light-flyweight last year. Joe Ward, World Elite silver medallist has the distinction of been the only Irish boxer to represent his country at the youth Olympics, that honour which came in Singapore in 2010.
In total 286 athletes go into the today’s draw. The breakdown of which is 250 males and 36 females. Of the 286, 272 qualified through a way of competition, while Brazil accepted six places as the host nation and eight berths (5 men and 3 women), these were awarded through the Tripartite Commission invitation process.
The Olympics begin on Friday evening with an opening ceremony at 11.30pm on RTE television.