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Sports Council criticical of IABA
28 Aug 2015 18:06
The Irish Sports Council has criticised the Irish Amateur Boxing Association over what it believes is a failure to ratify a previously agreed deal to keep Billy Walsh as high-performance coach to the country's elite boxers.
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It emerged this week that Walsh, who has overseen huge success with Irish boxers in recent years, had received an offer to take up a new position as head of the USA women’s boxing programme
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The ISC said in a statement today that it had offered the IABA assistance and put forward a proposal to keep Walsh, which was agreeable to all parties, but that that proposal was never presented to the IABA's board.
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The Sports Council urged the IABA to "act quickly and decisively" to find a solution to keep Walsh on board.
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The statement said: "The Irish Sports Council (ISC) is disappointed that an agreement has not been reached between Billy Walsh and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) in relation to the role of Head Coach of the High Performance Unit.
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"Billy Walsh has been instrumental in the sustained success of Irish Boxing and was fundamental in the development of the High Performance Systems that continues to achieve on the World, Olympic and European stage.
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"Since February, the ISC has been aware that Billy had received an offer internationally. From the outset, the ISC made it clear that it wanted to retain Billy Walsh and was available to provide whatever support was required. That said the ISC however recognises that it is a matter for the IABA to resolve.
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"Following a series of talks the ISC presented a proposal which addressed the needs and concerns of all parties.
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"The proposal was to be brought to the board of the IABA on 25 August. On the 25 August the ISC was informed that the proposal would not be presented to the board and that a sub-committee was suggesting a new version that was substantially different to the original proposal.
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"In effect this unilateral action ended the ISC’s initiative. It is not aware of any progress over the past few days. It has advised the IABA to act quickly and to revert to the original proposal if the situation is to be resolved."
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