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Published: 10:05 | 23/8/16

Antia responds to criticism


Zaur Antia is to carry out a thorough analysis of Ireland's poor performance in the boxing at the Rio Olympics.

Ireland sent eight boxers to Brazil but they failed to claim a medal for the first time since 2004.

The Games got off to a poor start for Ireland when middleweight Michael O'Reilly was sent home for failing a drugs test, before Paddy Barnes and Joe Ward suffered defeats in their opening bouts, while Katie Taylor and Michael Conlon failed to win a medal when they were beaten on points in controversial circumstances.

Much has been made of Billy Walsh's departure as High Performance Coach but Antia is confident a 'debrief and analysis' will pinpoint what went wrong for Ireland's boxers.

“Nobody works harder than we do and nobody is more disappointed than we are at coming home with no medals. We set very high standards for ourselves as we demand very high standards from our boxers, our coaches and support staff. These are the standards that have delivered Olympic, World and European medals," Antia said in a statement.

“There are many factors behind our performances at these games. Some have been well documented and others we will identify in our debrief and analysis that will be very thorough. Lots of people have lots of opinions and they have voiced these. They are entitled to their opinions but in high performance sport it’s facts that matter and not opinions.”

“When we have all the facts I will be happy to share these but I will be sticking with facts and I shall leave opinions to those who don’t live and work every day in a high performance environment.”

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