Bernard Dunne has resigned as the High Performance Director of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) after an extended period of leave from the organisation.
Dunne had not been working in his position as IABA’s High Performance Director since the end of last summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games, following a dispute with the organisation.
The former world super bantamweight champion had made a complaint to IABA after he felt his position had been undermined by a “SWOT Analysis Position Paper” after a survey of Irish boxing.
The Irish Independent have reported that Dunne has now left his position with IABA, after a hearing into his complaint against two board members who he believes were involved in the drafting of the letter was postponed.
Big decisions were made this week in Irish boxing, with the team selected for the European Olympic qualifiers in London, 14-24 March. This is the first chance of two that boxers will get to qualify for #Tokyo2020
— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) February 18, 2020
The Dubliner had been in the position since 2017.
Dunne was first appointed as the High Performance Director of IABA back 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, although some controversial decisions certainly went against Irish boxers, 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.
AIBA will now be searching for a new High Performance Director, with the next Summer Olympics in Paris taking place in just over two years’ time.