IABA officials set for government meeting as selection row rumbles on
Officials from the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) will be in Government Buildings today after being summoned by the Minister for Sport, Patrick O'Donovan, to discuss the selection process for the Irish squad for the European Boxing Championships in the Ukraine next month and a number of other issues.
The Irish team for next month's European Championships was to be ratified by the IABA's Central Council last week after being forwarded by new High Performance Director Bernard Dunne.
Tipperary's Dean Gardiner was named as super-heavyweight in the team of nine boxers. But, Gardiner could now meet Martin Keenan in a box-off for the position.
It's understood that the squad listed the other eight boxers individually in the team for Ukraine, but that two names (Gardiner and Keenan) were included at super-heavyweight, inviting the Central Council to make a choice.
They named Gardiner in the team, but Keenan is the current Irish champion so it's believed they'll now duel in a box-off at the National Stadium tomorrow (8pm).
One of the recommendations by Sport Ireland in its Rio Review was that the "High-Performance Programme - under the leadership of an experienced and qualified High-Performance Director - should have full autonomy for all elements of the programme, including management of the Board-approved budget and finances assigned to the programme, as well as selection of squads."
A rift has developed between IABA elected officials, who make up the Central Council, and the Board of Directors in recent months with the Council electing Dave O'Brien as chairman.
However, Joe Christle is listed as the chairman of the IABA and he and Fergal Carruth, CEO of the IABA, don't accept O'Brien's election. Some members of the Council also serve on the Board of Directors.
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