Irish Boxer Misses Out On Medal In Baku

Ireland’s Adam Nolan has missed-out on a medal at the European Games. The Bray welterweight lost on a split decision to Great Britain’s Josh Kelly in today’s quarter-final in Baku. Nolan narrowly lost the first round before Kelly’s superior footwork helped him to win the second round on all three scorecards. Nolan fought-back strongly in the final round – opening-up a cut above his opponent’s left eye – but couldn’t do enough to force a stoppage. It means that Sean McComb was the only one of the three Irish fighters in action today to secure a medal – the Belfast lightweight won his quarter-final this morning against Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz. But there also was disappointment for Dean Walsh, who lost his light-welterweight quarter-final. In badminton, Scott Evans recovered from losing the opening game of his match this afternoon to claim his second win in the group stages of the Mens Singles. The 27-year-old Dubliner beat Yuhan Tan of Belgium by two games to one in their Group A match, which leaves him top of the standings going into the final round of pool matches. Also this afternoon, Ireland’s women were beaten 14-10 by European Championship Runners-Up Slovenia in their opening Pool C match in the 3-on-3 basketball competition. Paris has officially launched its bid to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2024 – saying it’ll excite, unite and enthuse the French capital. Should the city win, it would hold the event on the 100th anniversary of the last Games to be staged in Paris. So far, Rome, Hamburg and Boston are the other confirmed contenders. The winning bid will be announced in 2017.