SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2021: The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) are extremely pleased at this weekend’s announcement by Olympic gold medallist, Kellie Harrington, that she will remain in the amateur ranks and work with the IABA High-Performance programme towards the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games cycle.
Since the culmination of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the IABA High performance team has worked in tandem with Sport Ireland in order to create a pathway to assist Kellie Harrington to remain in the amateur ranks with the goal to qualify for and defend her Olympic title at the Paris 2024 Games.
Kellie made the announcement on last night’s [Friday, September 3rd] Late Late Show on RTÉ.
Speaking about the news, CEO of the IABA, Fergal Carruth stated: “All of us at the IABA are thrilled that Kellie is staying in our High-Performance unit for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games cycle. Kellie has been an inspiration for people across the country this summer, and we are delighted to have worked hand-in-hand with Sport Ireland to ensure that we could design a programme that worked effectively for Kellie to continue to achieve her goals. Her announcement demonstrates clearly Kellie’s commitment to the sport of boxing and her confidence in the IABA High-Performance Unit. We are extremely proud of our programme, and we are excited to see what Kellie can do over the coming years with the support of the IABA and Sport Ireland.”