Tuesday 20 February 2018

IABA board of directors 'disappointed' at leaking of letter to chairman

President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA), Pat Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA), Pat Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

THE Board of Directors of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association has expressed its disappointment at what it describes as the selective leaking of a letter to the media from IABA President Pat Ryan to Joe Christle, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In a statement, the board said that the letter was leaked on June 6 but that Christle did not receive the letter until June 7.

The board have also invited the IABA Central Council to a meeting on June 14 as the deadline looms for the completion of a new rulebook.

Sport Ireland have given the IABA until the end of the month to complete the rulebook, an ultimatum which also demands good governance, or funding will be cut.

The Board of Directors of the IABA, some of whom include elected members of the Central Council, are at loggerheads with each other in a well publicised row over a number of issues, including team selection for the High-Performance squad and the rulebook.

Parts of the statement read:  "However, in light of the deadline imposed by Sport Ireland as a key stakeholder and principal funder the Board feel they have no choice given their legal duty to protect the viability of the organisation to propose a Rule Book to give effect to changes to include the Rio recommendations for adoption at a meeting to be held on June 14th next.

"One of the main areas of contention has been the method for selecting international teams. Sport Ireland and the Minister have both indicated their strong belief that this should be within the remit of the High Performance Director albeit with the support of a High Performance Advisory Group.

"The Board of Directors are pleased that the Central Council will now meet on Saturday 10th June. We can confirm that a delegation from Central Council have been invited to attend the Board Meeting on June 14th and we very much hope that they will attend."

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