SIX members of the GB Boxing team will compete in their first competition since their return to training began when they travel to France for the Alexis Vastine Tournament.
Following the suspension of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic London Qualifiers on March 16thdue to the COVID-19 outbreak and the national lockdown was initiated a week later, no member of the squad has been able to take part in any competitive bouts.
After returning to socially distanced training in June and then taking part in a successful 11-day international training camp which took place last month in Turkey, a return to competition is the next step for the GB squad.
2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Paige Murney is amongst the four men and two women who will take part in the 4-day long competition held in Nantes, which begins on October 27th.
The tournament is organised in memory of French welterweight and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Alexis Vastine, who tragically lost his life in 2015 aged 28 during a helicopter collision in Argentina whilst filming a reality TV show.
With COVID-19 guidelines in place, Elite Performance Manager Rebecca Edginton explained what is being put in place at the tournament to keep all athletes and coaches safe, “We’ve put our team into training bubbles and whilst we are over there, we’ll provide PPE for all our boxers and coaches as well as ensuring face coverings are worn at all times, with the exception of when they are competing.
“Everyone involved at the event has to have a negative COVD-19 test 72 hours prior to our arrival in France, this way we can be sure everyone is safe within our bubble.
“The training, accommodation and tournament itself are all taking place within the same vicinity too so that’s really helpful in terms of ensuring we keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Speaking about the team selection, Performance Director Rob McCracken said, “We are sending a mixed team, some with real experience and some who are new to elite boxing and it is a good opportunity to get out and compete in a tournament that has a strong field.
“It’s obviously been a long time since we’ve been able to take part in any form of competitive boxing and we’ve been eager to take that next step following our return to training and recent international camps.
“Everything has been put in place to keep our boxers and coaches safe and now we’re looking forward to having a successful tournament.”
Full team list:
69kg Harris Akbar
75kg Ramtin Musah
81kg George Crotty (provisional)
91kg Scott Forrest
51kg Tori Willets
60kg Paige Murney