Major motion to spur reforms within IABA requires “75 percent” support


The cornerstone motion, which aims to kick-start a reform program at the ailing Irish Athletic Boxing Association, will require the support of three quarters of the voting delegates at next Sunday’s Extraordinary General Meeting in Roscommon.

The IABA spokesman said: “75% approval in the relevant vote is required to pass motions at the EGM.”

Organizationally, the IABA acts as a GmbH, so that changes to the articles of association require the approval of a 75 percent majority.

The key motion is a proposal to reform the organisation’s board of directors, with six new directors, including the chair, appointed by an external independent panel.

The stakes for Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport could not be higher.

According to a report in the Sunday Independent, Sport Minister Jack Chambers will tell IABA chiefs at a meeting tomorrow that government funding will be cut by 15 per cent as early as next week and that all government funds will be withdrawn until next year unless they agree to major reforms.

But intervention has descended like a lead balloon with ordinary officials struggling to point out that only a tiny fraction of state grants go to clubs.

Even those who support the reform measures, prepared by high-powered expert Brian MacNeice, concede the 75 percent pass threshold means Sunday’s motions face a significant hurdle.

“Rather than persuade delegates to support the motion, the minister’s intervention will incite opposition against it,” a source said.

Although the MacNeice report contains more than 60 recommendations, only one on the composition of the board of directors will be debated on Sunday.

The second motion is a procedural issue which would allow IABA to hold its annual general meeting anywhere on the island of Ireland rather than in the 26 counties.

IABA received over 2.3 million euros in government funding last year, including a one-off Covid payment of 510.00 euros.

The majority of government grants are spent to fund the High Performance Program and the Administrative Branch of IABA. Provincial councils, county boards and clubs are largely self-financing.

Earlier this year, IABA announced that €1,000 worth of equipment had been donated to all affiliated clubs in the republic. According to IABA, this project was made possible by IABA’s successful application for Sport Ireland’s Targeted Equipment Grant scheme.

Overall, however, boxing clubs fare poorly when it comes to securing some government funding.

As part of the Capital Sports Program 2020, the details of which were announced in March, boxing projects received grants totaling 360,680 euros out of a total of 143.8 million euros.

Sunday’s EGM will be held at Hannon’s Hotel in Co. Roscommon. Each registered boxing club is entitled to nominate two registered members to participate – but only one of them can vote. The quorum is 60.

The last item on the agenda, the long-awaited announcement of the results of the election of the IABA President and the officers of the Central Council, is eagerly awaited.

The vote took place in November, but the announcement was delayed pending the outcome of an appeal by 25 members of the association – some were contestants – against a decision to expel them from IABA. All members won their case.

Most interest is focused on the outcome of the presidential contest between long-time outgoing President Dominic O’Rourke and Munster Council President Gerry O’Mahony. Major motion to spur reforms within IABA requires “75 percent” support

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