IABA explains NI funding decision

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) has hit back at a BBC Spotlight programme which investigated if IABA grants were being withheld from non-nationalist clubs.

The Sandy Row Boxing Club had its funding withdrawn but the IABA claimed that was because it wasn’t affiliated with the organisation anymore.

“We have made a number of efforts to achieve a resolution and address the concerns of Sandy Row Boxing Club.

“Regrettably this did not occur. It should be appreciated that the board of the IABA like all organisations is governed by rules, regulations and procedures. Consequently, any boxing club affiliating must recognise and adhere to the association’s rules. The desire of the IABA is that the Sandy Row Boxing Club affiliate. It is now our responsibility to work with Sport NI to find a positive way of moving forward on this matter that in the longer term will serve to strengthen and consolidate the sport across the island as a whole.”

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