Four times European Champion, Katie Taylor can now prepare to defend her 60kg crown in Rotterdam following confirmation that the AIBA has lifted its suspension , imposed recently on the Dutch Boxing Association, one of 13 National Federations temporarily suspended for alleged breach of International regulations.
The E.U.B.C have now re-confirmed that the Championships will go ahead as originally planned in Rotterdam. In an email communication to all European Federations, EUBC President Humber Furgoni wrote :
“Dear boxing friends,
We are very happy to announce you that following the lift of the full provisional suspension of the Dutch Boxing Association, EUBC re-allocates the hosting rights of the European Women’s Boxing Championships 2011 to Netherlands and the city of Rotterdam.
Last year, during the bidding process Dutch Boxing Association made a very professional and interesting proposal to host the major event of Women boxing 2011, which was voted unanimously by EUBC Executive Committee. Since March 2010, Dutch Boxing Association and their sport partners have completed an enormous work in order to make of this Championships a great boxing festival, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dutch Boxing Association.
Therefore, EUBC is pleased to confirm you that 8th European Women’s Championships will be held in Rotterdam as it was initially scheduled – on October 16-23, 2011.
We wish Dutch Federation to successfully finalize all preparations for the Championships and we are looking forward to seeing your National teams in Rotterdam.
With my best regards,
Humbert Furgoni “
Ireland is expected to nominate a team of three for these Championships – apart from Katie Taylor it is likely that the IABA will nominate Drimnagh’s Sinead Kavanagh and either Cavan’s Ceire Smith OR Geesala’s Katie Rowland to accompany Taylor.
It is to be hoped that the mainstream Irish media will on this occasion send representatives to Rotterdam and that RTE will find the modest additional funds to show the fights live, even if only on RTE.ie online website and via Radio.