India are into Day 2 of their training camp with Ireland at the National Stadium in Dublin.
(Pictures courtesy of Michael Hade (IABA)
India are into Day 2 of their training camp with Ireland at Dublin’s National Stadium.
Both nations trained and sparred at the the South Circular Road venue today and Irish head coach Billy Walsh reports that the sessions have gone really well.
India are using their entire Olympic squad in Dublin, and GS Sandhu, Chief National coach with the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), believes that the home of Irish boxing will provide ideal preparation for his team for the 30th Olympiad.
He said “The joint trainings and sparring sessions in Ireland will be beneficial to our boys in many ways. Competition would be of a friendly nature; therefore it will help our boxers release a bit of the pressure. And since the weather conditions will be similar to London the tour will also aid us in getting used to the cooler climate.
“The tour will also help the non qualified boxers get some good foreign training exposure under their belt”.
Secretary General IABF Brig PK Muralidharan Raja, Secretary General with the IABF added: “This camp is part of the final phase of preparation for the Olympics and the idea is to acclimatize our boxers to the weather conditions and provide them with a good exposure that will help them maintain their rhythm and keep match fit”.
Meanwhile, Tunisia arrived in Dublin on Monday to begin their training camp at the National Stadium.
Test matches between all three nations have been arranged for June 27th and 29th.
The Irish Olympic team will have their final training camp in Assisi, Italy next month before the Olympic Games.
The boxing event at the XXX Olympiad begins at the ExCel in London on July 28th.
Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin, Adam Nolan and Darren O’Neill have qualified for London 2012.