Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media

Governance in Irish Athletic Boxing Association: Discussion

Photo of Micheál CarrigyMicheál Carrigy (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I will read a quote from Billy Walsh.

I have to say, USA Boxing have been fantastic. Being allowed to do your job and people having respect for you, it’s been an amazing feeling to be able to work in that environment.

He made these comments recently. I believe it was the first time he spoke publicly since the debacle a number of years ago. We lost probably one of the best boxing coaches in the world. It was all over contractual decisions that made it untenable for him to stay here. These decisions were made by the IABA. In its opening statement, Sport Ireland accepts there are governance issues within the organisation that have been there for a long time. It was only following this committee highlighting these issues that a governance review of the IABA was sought during the summer. I am disappointed the review is being carried out by the same person who carried out the previous review on the Rio games. It should have been a separate independent person who has not been involved.


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