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Thursday 14 November 2019

Ryan rejects Christle criticism as IABA dispute rumbles on


President of the IABA, Pat Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE
President of the IABA, Pat Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE

Sean McGoldrick

The two top officials in the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Joe Christle and Pat Ryan, remain locked in a tense stand-off over whether an extraordinary convention of the association will go ahead next Sunday at Parnells GAA club in Dublin, writes Sean McGoldrick.

In a statement released on the IABA's website, the chairman of the association's Board of Directors, Joe Christle, announced that the scheduled convention is "invalid and cancelled".

He accused association president Pat Ryan of using "inflammatory language" in an email to members in which Ryan insisted that the EGM was going ahead.

Ryan's position remains unchanged; he has advised members to ignore the directive from Christle and insisted that the extraordinary convention, called to discuss a new rule book, will go ahead.

In an email seen by the Irish Independent, he stated: "I find it extraordinary that the chairman would describe the language in my email as 'inflammatory'. He is clearly aware, as is the general membership, that my statements were totally accurate.

"Regardless of any statements in his letter, the general membership has every right to meet and vote as they choose; one must at this stage question the reluctance of the directors to allow our members to exercise their democratic rights," stated Ryan.

Essentially there are two versions of an updated rule book in circulation. The Board of Directors adopted one version at a board meeting in June.

Sunday's special convention is due to discuss a second rule book, which was prepared by a sub-committee of the Central Council.

Irish Independent

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