IRELAND’S World Elite Men’s squad completed their first full day of training at the German Olympic Centre in Kienbaum yesterday.

The panel, under coaches John Conlan and Eoin Pluck, are training with the host nation, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Thailand and a top Cuban side featuring several Olympic champions.

Team Ireland will train at the Olympic Centre until September 5 and depart directly for Russia ahead of the opening bell for the World Elites in Ekaterinburg.

Adam Hession and Kieran Molloy are also training in Kienbaum.

The 20th edition of the World Elites since Havana 1974 runs from September 9 to September 21 across the eight Olympic weights for men.

Seeding will apply at the September 9 draw.

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20th World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia September 7/21


Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)