Ukrainian boxers to visit Galway

Olympic Boxing Club Galway is hosting a Ukranian national underage team this weekend culminating in a special Galway versus Ukraine tournament.

The visitors will be guests of the Olympic club after a coach of the Ukrainian national team contacted Olympic head coach Michael Mongan with a view to bringing a team of young boxers to the city.

Mongan is also a coach with Irish underage boxing teams, and it was through these contacts he has established internationally that the call came from Ukraine looking for help in staging a competition.

The official welcome event takes place on Sunday at 2pm at Westside Boxing Gym on Seamus Quirke Road at which the Ukrainian community has been invited, and the tournament between an Irish team and the Ukrainian visitors will take place.

Although many youngsters have been displaced from their homes due to the conflict in their country, the team of young boxers, who are aged between 12 and 18, are continuing to train.

 

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