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Kellie Harrington reacts as Bernard Dunne steps down from IABA role

Kellie Harrington has broken her silence.

Irish Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington has expressed her disappointment that Bernard Dunne has departed his role as IABA’s High Performance Director, in the wake of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Under Dunne’s stewardship, the Dubliner helped steer Harrington to a sensational gold medal success in Japan.

On Wednesday morning, however, Dunne left the organisation after making a complaint to IABA after he felt his position had been undermined by a “SWOT Analysis Position Paper” following a survey of Irish boxing.

In recent months, Dunne took an ‘extended’ break from his role, culminating in his recent decision to step aside. As a result, Harrington has offered her take on the on the crisis engulfing IABA, and Dunne’s tumultuous exit.

“[I] would like to see him change his mind..”

Her comments have emerged in the wake of news that the organisation have asked Dunne to reconsider his decision to step away.

“I second that, and would like to see him change his mind,” she wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “But its hard to when your [sic] not allowed to do your job the way it shud [sic] be done.. He was a great director of the HP..”

Dunne was first appointed as the High Performance Director of IABA in April 2017, following disappointing results for Irish boxing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Ireland failed to pick up any medals in boxing at the 2016 Olympics, but fortunes certainly improved five years later in Tokyo.

Last summer, Kellie Harrington won the gold medal in the women’s lightweight division while Aidan Walsh won the bronze medal in the men’s welterweight division, and he could have won more if not for an injury that ruled him out of the semi-final.

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