Katie Taylor is delighted with the announcement that women's boxing will feature at the London Olympic Games.
Ireland's World and European Boxing Champion Katie Taylor has her eye on a winning a fourth European title in a row and is hotly tipped to win a medal that until now, was not possible for a woman to win, Olympic gold.
The 22 year old Bray boxer is delighted and relieved with the International Olympic Council announcement that women’s boxing will feature at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Hopefully it’s the start of something very special for me and I know the next three years is going to be very exciting for me, but I hope it’s going to go well.
The decision means the Olympics in London will be the first to feature women and men competing in all of the sports. Boxing is the last Olympic sport to allow female participation and the decision has been widely welcomed.
To include three women’s weight classes in boxing, the number of men’s weight classes will be cut to 10 from 11. Katie Taylor’s weight category is one of the three set for inclusion.
Irish Athletic Boxing Association's high performance head coach Billy Walsh is pleased that women can finally take part on equal footing with the men, but he has been training with London in mind.
We’ve trained Katie to be the best that she can be and no matter what tournament it’s going to be, you know we hope to go with the same ideas and the same tactics.
Thirty-six women’s boxers will be part of the Olympics in London and while Katie Taylor has yet to quality, with 60 wins from 61 fights and a run of 39 bouts unbeaten, London is most certainly calling.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 August 2009. The reporter is Evanne Ní Chuilinn.