World Champion Kellie Harrington says that she doesn't worry about the future of boxing as the controversy surrounding its governing body AIBA rumbles on.
On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed that it has put planning for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament on hold, in a move that could see the governing body AIBA frozen out of the Games over a governance dispute.
Despite the graveness of the situation, Harrington doesn't let it affect her performances and her preparations for Tokyo 2020.
"It doesn’t cross my mind," Harrington told RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy show.
"All I know is that boxing is going to be there and that’s it, I don’t think about the other stuff."
IOC president Thomas Bach said on Saturday that he is keen that aspiring athletes should not suffer because of the 'misbehavior' of officials.
Bernard Dunne and Kellie Harrington react to the controversy surrounding boxing's governing body AIBA pic.twitter.com/bkkFOApxwq— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 1, 2018
Also speaking on RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy show, Bernard Dunne, High Performance Director for Irish boxing expressed concern about the effect the uncertainty might have on the boxers.
"It’s been coming a while, the IOC has given clear instructions to AIBA about their governance issues," explained Dunne.
"Yesterday they said they were blocking AIBA from participating in the Olympic games for now, that there was a suspension placed on them.
"But this morning they said that it will not impact the athletes, that they will ensure boxing does take place in the Olympics, whether that is through IABA or the IOC.
"That’s the problem now, what we don’t need is our athletes to be worried about this situation. They have enough on their plates trying to perform and get ready for major competitions."