Irish youth boxing champion Michael O’Reilly has taken a case to the High Court over his “deselection” from the national team ahead of the European Youth Boxing Championships.
O’Reilly (18) who fights as a welterweight has brought the action against the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. The court was told that the boxer was dropped from the Irish panel after missing a training session two weeks ago, as he needed to get his van fixed.
The vehicle in question got damaged when O’Reilly allowed a fellow boxer with no license or insurance park his car.
The 18-year-old claims his subsequent deselection by the IABA ahead of the European Youth Championships next week was a disproportionate disciplinary measure.
His lawyers say the decision jeopardises his annual €5,000 sports grant and the young boxer could lose his chance of competing in the 2012 Olympics.
The hearing continues today.