Respected Geesala Boxing Club Chairman, Henry Coyle has ‘lashed out’ at RTE’s non-coverage of Ciara Ginty’s AIBA World Awards ceremony in Almaty at the conclusion of the 2013 AIBA Men’s World Elite Championships in late October.
The 15 year old from Mayo had not only become World Junior Champion at 60kg in Albena, Bulgaria in September but was also named as AIBA Junior Boxer of the Year for 2013 with a special presentation from AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu weeks later in Almaty. The AIBA had flown out Ginty and Geesala coach Pat McDonagh to the awards ceremony.
RTE had a reporter commenting throughout the tournament on the men’s events but failed to interview the young World Junior Champion, according to Coyle quoted by Irish-Boxing.com. He said that the only recognition of her feat the national broadcaster gave her was a reproduction of a brief IABA press release.
He added : “That team of female boxers won three medals for Ireland, bronze, silver and gold and on that occasion, RTE failed to cover their homecoming and dismally failed in their coverage of the event.
“Despite having cameras and reporters at the World Senior Championships, RTE failed to cover Ciara’s prestigious award ceremony and did not even mention it in any of their news items.
“This is totally unacceptable and shows a complete bias towards the West of Ireland and female boxing.
“The people of the West pay their television licences as well as other parts of the country and they deserve much better from the national broadcaster.
“This was not just an award for Geesala or Mayo but was an award for Ireland.”
Coyle said he had written to RTE Head of Sport Ryle Nugent but ‘has yet to hear back’ from the Montrose chief regarding his complaints.
As we reported extensively here on SportsNewsIreland throughout the 2nd AIBA World Youth and Juniior Championships , in addition to Ginty’s Gold, Ballyvourney’s Christina Desmond who boxes out of the Macroom BC in Cork took home silver from Albena while another Mayo boxer, Golden Gloves’ Jacqui Lynch won a bronze medal.
Olympic and four times World champion Katie Taylor apart, Ginty is Ireland’s only female fighter to win or indeed reach a World final at Junior, Youth or Elite level.
Geesala Coach Pat McDonagh speaking exclusively to SportsNewsIreland from the ringside in Albena spoke at the time of his great pride on Ciara’s stunning achievement:
“It has been a great week for Irish female boxing and especially the Barony of Erris, County Mayo. It was a very tough competition and all the girls raised their performances to a very high level.
Personally I am very proud of Ciara Ginty. She competed in a very tough division and just improved her performances through each stage of the competition”.
Irish Team Manager,Anna Moore had also praised Ginty’s performance.
“I’m waiting to get my breath back, “said Irish team manager Anna Moore from ringside in Albena. “What a performance, Ciara was absolutely brilliant.”
Chairman Coyle’s complaint is but one of scores in recent years from boxers,managers,promoters and above all fans regarding the alleged poor coverage of Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport.