Monday 24 July 2017

Sport Ireland issue ultimatum to the IABA and will suspend funding on July 1 unless certain terms are met

New High Performance Director Bernard Dunne has found himself caught in the middle of the latest IABA row. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
New High Performance Director Bernard Dunne has found himself caught in the middle of the latest IABA row. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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Sport Ireland will withdraw funding to the IABA on July 1 unless the national boxing association doesn't meet certain criteria are met.

The ultimatum was issued today after serious concerns over the governance of IABA were raised over the past number of weeks and the failure of the governing body to adopt recommendations arising from the report into the Rio Olympics.

Issues surrounding the undermining of new high performance director Bernard Dunne and a split in the IABA board have prompted Sport Ireland to act.

The IABA's central council last week decided against Dunne being team manager for the upcoming European Championships.

The council itself is split with two men, Joe Christle and David O'Brien, claiming to be the chairman. Sport Ireland asserted today that they recognised Christle as the chairman.

Unless changes, recommended under the Rio Olympics review, to the IABA rulebook are completed by the end of June and governance issues are resolved, their funding will be suspended.

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy warned last week that the IABA could adopt the changes or run the IABA as they like, but the latter would not be funded by taxpayer's money.

The IABA have already received 75pc of the €1.1m in funding they were due to get in 2017.

This decision will not impact Sport Ireland’s direct athlete investment through the International Carding Scheme in 2017.

A statement from Sport Ireland today read: "Sport Ireland would like to acknowledge the progress made by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) in recent months. Developments led by the Board of the IABA include the publication of ‘Boxing Clever’ the IABA’s new strategic plan, the completion of the 2016 Rio Review and the implementation of two key recommendations of that review – the relocation of the High Performance Unit to the Sport Ireland Institute and the appointment of Bernard Dunne to the position of High Performance Director.

"However there remain significant issues of concern at the IABA. The Board of Sport Ireland met in Dublin on Friday, June 2nd, to discuss the developing situation within the IABA. The Board of Sport Ireland deemed that the IABA is in breach of its terms and conditions of funding and took the decision to suspend all funding to the IABA, effective from July 1st, unless certain criteria are satisfied.

"In order to satisfy the Board of Sport Ireland that it has successfully addressed the breach of the terms and conditions, by June 30th the IABA must introduce the proposed new Rule Book which is required to further implement ‘Boxing Clever’ and the Rio Review. Further it must address the inadequate governance arrangements which are giving rise to the current difficulties.

"Representatives of Sport Ireland met with Board members of the IABA on Tuesday June 6th to discuss ongoing governance issues within the organisation. Sport Ireland recognises Joe Christle as the Chairman of the IABA and has no reason to believe that there is another Chairman of the organisation or an alternative board.

"At yesterday’s meeting the IABA representatives assured Sport Ireland of their commitment to implementing a new Rule Book for the organisation as per the strategic plan and would introduce this within the prescribed timeframe.

"The IABA has to date received 75% of its Core and High Performance funding for 2017 which means the organisation is fully funded until the end of September. This decision will not impact Sport Ireland’s direct athlete investment through the International Carding Scheme in 2017.

"Sport Ireland will continue to review the situation and remains available to assist the IABA if requested."

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