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Women coping well with tough sport

Saturday, August 11, 2012


It was only a few years ago that the British took a decision to ban women’s boxing, after some serious criticism regarding the deleterious effect the sport can have on females. During that time, the Irish were literally leading the pugilistic world with some outstanding glovemen and a few women were also taking to the sport. The debate continued for sometime and the authorities took the decision to ban the sport for females. Nevertheless, the International Olympic Committee did not change their Olympic schedule for the sport which was included in the events column for London 2012. Whatever happened between the authorities and the boxing board, one could not be certain, but  a 29-year-old lass named Nicola Adams became the first woman in Olympic history to win a gold medal in the sport followed quickly by an Irish slugger whose thirst for the sport was clearly demonstrated through the use of her gloves.
The boxing gymnasium was filled to capacity showing absolute support for the women, without even uttering a word about the danger of the sport. But there are now some persons, apparently qualified in the business of the use of drugs, making some derogatory statements regarding today’s Olympic athletes. Victor Conte, an expert in drug related athletes had been vociferous in his belief that more than sixty percent of the athletes in the Olympic Games have used drugs. Why would anyone wish to make such a destructive statement at a time when athletes are fighting their hearts out to bring joy and happiness to their countries and families.
But it is back to track and another bronze medal for the men, which tells us that we are not far away from the big guns in the business of track and field. The relay team must be commended and despite the fact that we have not achieved gold medal status, but the future looks bright in all areas. Our athletes are young and needed this exposure to gain the necessary experience. Bad luck to the girls for dropping the baton. Actually, I felt confident that there was a good chance for a medal in this event. We shall keep our fingers crossed for the final events and maybe another one or even two medals could be in the making.


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