Barys Arena tournamnet venue

Barys Arena tournament venue

Team Ireland arrived in Astana, Kazakhstan last night.

Team manager Anna Moore reports that the squad will have a light training session this afternoon at 4pm (local time) in the build up to the start of the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Astana on Thursday.

The eight-strong squad will train with a number of nations at the Sports Academy in the Kazakh capital over the next four days.

The general weigh-in and draw will be held Wednesday. Boxing begins Thursday.

The top four women (the semi-finalists) in their three Olympic weights – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight – for women qualify for Rio 2016.

Ceire Smith, Olympic lightweight champion Katie Taylor and Christina Desmond line out for Ireland in the three Olympic weights.

Seventy three nations represented by 345 boxers have registered to compete in the 9th edition of the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships.

Thirty lightweight bouts will be decided Thursday, according to a draft schedule on the offical tournament website.

Astana is five hours ahead of Ireland.


9th World Women’s Championships & Olympic qualifiers Astana Kazakhstan, May 19/27

Irish squad

48kg Donna Barr (Twin Towns)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)

57kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

64kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Gerry Storey, Pat McDonagh