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IABA President Dom O’Rourke

IABA President Dom O’Rourke

IABA President Dom O’Rourke

Irish boxing chiefs want individuals and clubs to 'box clever' and abide by social distancing and health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) have a teleconference meeting arranged for next weekend when the affiliation fees that clubs pay to the IABA will be discussed, according to Dom O'Rourke, the IABA President.

President of the Cork Boxing Board, Michael O'Brien, said yesterday he'd spoken with O'Rourke regarding the affiliation fees and suggested these be waived.

O'Rourke has indicated that he is receptive to O'Brien's suggestion. "The important thing is safety and abiding by the health and safety guidelines and directives in relation to the coronavirus," he said.

The IABA Directors spoke last Friday (teleconference) and reiterated that all boxing-related activities for affiliated bodies within the IABA are cancelled. "For clarity, this includes all championships, competition, organised training (indoor or outdoor) and any other boxing related events," read part of the statement.

"The Board has further directed that there will be no championships or competition allowed to take place at club, county, provincial or national level until at least June 2020. This timeline may too be extended."

All boxing activities inside and outside the ring in Europe have also been postponed, including next month's European Men's and Women's Championships in Budva, Montenegro.

Ireland's U-18 titlists would have lined out at the Europeans which may now take place in May, although this date will also be reviewed.

Irish Independent