Basketball Ireland has announced the appointment of Paddy Boyd as its interim CEO, after Bernard O'Byrne stepped down from the role earlier this month after an "ill-judged" comment he made on social media.

The recruitment process is already under way for a new permanent CEO with Boyd to take up the interim position on a part-time basis, alongside his current role as CEO of Pentathlon Ireland.

Boyd has worked at senior levels of Irish national governing bodies, and has held the top role with Irish Sailing, Canoeing Ireland and the Camogie Association.

He said he was excited to take the role in a sport that has shown "incredible growth" in recent years.

"During my time, I will strive to keep this positive momentum going until the permanent CEO is appointed," Boyd said.

Earlier this month, the board of Basketball Ireland had begun an investigation after O'Byrne posted the phrase 'Black Dives Matter' on a BBC News Facebook post asking if Raheem Sterling should have been awarded a penalty in extra-time of their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark.

O'Byrne stepped down a few days later.

In a statement on Thursday, Basketball Ireland chairman Paul McDevitt said he expected a "high calibre of applicants" for the position of CEO.