'Odds Against' Joe Ward Getting An Olympic Wildcard Place

'Odds Against' Joe Ward Getting An Olympic Wildcard Place
By Donny Mahoney Updated

There's a very interesting story on SportsNewsIreland website this morning that outlines the bureaucratic wranglings that will take place before Olympic wildcard places are given out. Writer Michael O'Neill, who speaks like an authority on this matter, makes it seem like there is a possibility Ward may get the spot, but it will take a concerted 'diplomatic' effort - and a bit of luck - to make it happen:

So yes Joe Ward does have a chance but there will also be many other boxers whose will be supported by their governing bodies and in Ireland’s case, any such requests will need to be with the blessing of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Whether or not, Ireland will apply for such a place for Ward will be decided shortly but at this moment in time, no one will be foolish enough to suggest that he is a certainty for the last European place.

The world of amateur boxing is a very political one – there are protocols to be followed, whether one likes them or not and if such an application is made then there will need to be a very strong case made by the IABA with the approval of the OCI. At the moment though let’s just say that if the IABA and Billy Walsh do succeed it will be a ‘great result’ for the odds are against them at this time. Diplomacy will be all important as will the input of OCI President, Pat Hickey a much respected figure within the Olympic movement.

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