With the holiday season well and truly over for another year all thoughts will now turn to the World Indoor Championships which will take place at the Breaffy House resort, Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland at the latter part of February.
The Irish Association has successfully hosted several major TWIF championships in the past, both at indoor and outdoor levels, and all have resulted in some memorable competitions. There is no reason to believe that this one will be any different.
The entry for most weight classes appears, at time of writing, to be on a par with previous indoor championships.Whilst this is encouraging it has to be said that the number of Junior and Under 23 teams which have entered is disappointing. Indeed there is a question mark regarding the viability of these categories on this occasion. There are probably several reasons for this but it is difficult to know how the problem can be remedied in the short term.Perhaps the discussions currently underway with GENSB representatives will point the way to a more satisfactory situation for our underage athletes.
May I wish you good luck with your travel planning and I look forward to meeting you again in Ireland.