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23rd Dec 2014

Katie Taylor slams RTÉ over lack of boxing coverage – is she right?

"It's our most successful sport"

Conan Doherty

Katie Taylor has hit out at Irish broadcaster RTÉ for not giving more prominence to the country’s most successful sport.

The five-time world champion, who has collected a number of gongs recently for Sportswoman of the Year, has been disappointed by the coverage she and some of her fellow boxers have received, particularly amidst the success of the Irish.

Taylor claimed that RTÉ are guilty of jumping on the bandwagon every four years in time for the Olympics.

“I don’t know what we have to do to get the coverage or the support from RTÉ,” she told the Irish Independent.  “They seem to always consume rugby and GAA but boxing is our most successful sport.  The lack of coverage over the years is very disrespectful.

“Last year, when the lads’ European championships were on, they (RTE) filmed the semi finals and the finals but when mine came along they were nowhere to be seen.  They always want to jump on the bandwagon when the Olympics come around every four years but that’s not good enough.

“We should be getting the support of the national broadcaster.  What more do I actually have to do to get that coverage?”


Katie Taylor,RTE