Please see the attached correspondence from the International Boxing Association (IBA), which sets out the IBA rules, regulation for competing with IBA member federations, and all federations which are not affiliated to IBA. This is set out in the IBA’s 20230608 Circular Letter. The Irish Athletic Boxing Association is bound, constitutionally, to adhere to IBA rules in all matters.
Permission is required by all clubs/teams/members prior to booking, as per the constitution and in line with last weekend’s vote
All clubs, county boards and provincial units require permission to travel, and/or permission to host.
Federations not affiliated to IBA include: England Boxing, GB Boxing, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA, Canada and, additionally, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand and Honduras.
IABA has sought additional clarification on this matter, but has yet to receive a response.
With regard to suspended federations, IBA requires that:
“According to Article 13.4 of the IBA Constitution, the rights accorded to a National Federation by its article 10.1 shall lapse during any period in which the National Federation stands suspended by a
decision. Considering the above, suspended National Federation cannot host the Competitions of International level, and therefore, National Federations, its Boxers and Officials must refrain from
participation in the Competitions organized by suspended National Federation. We emphasise that National Federations are responsible to monitor their affiliated members, any member, individual, boxer, official, any other as well as to clubs belonging to or connected with the National Federation”
Additionally, IBA’s constitution (attached) requires that:
- Any International Tournament may be organised, held, or supported by a confederation or a National Federation subject to the IBA prior approval. A request for such approval must be sent in writing by the relevant legal representative of the Confederation or National Federation to the IBA Competition Committee trough the IBA Head Office (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at least three (3) months in advance, whereas the IBA Competition Committee will decide on a form of such request and a list of necessary documents to be provided by the relevant Confederation or National Federation
- Should the IBA Competition Committee not reply within three (3) weeks of the date of filing of such request, the latter will be deemed rejected. The decision of the IBA Competition Committee is final and binding and not subject to appeal.
- National Federation, their teams, individual Boxers or the Competition Official are forbidden to participate in an International Tournament which is not approved in advance by IBA as per
the mechanism of the previous Rule 1.6.3.
According to Article 13.4 of the IBA Constitution, the rights accorded to a National Federation by its article 10.1 shall during any period in which the National Federation stands suspended by a
Teams Travelling Abroad:
All permissions to travel submitted by clubs, county boards and provincial units must now be submitted to IBA. All teams intending to travel should be aware that granting of permission by IBA is not guaranteed, dependent upon that team’s destination. Teams should not make travel, competition or accommodation arrangements until they are in receipt of that permission.
IABA, on receipt of permission to travel in keeping with the timeline outlined by IBA, will seek that permission on the club, county board or provincial unit’s behalf. If no reply is received from the IBA within 3 weeks, as stated in the IBA constitution, the Irish Athletic Boxing Association has no choice but to consider that permission rejected.
IABA club, No Name Boxing Club, wants to send a team to a tournament in England. The club must request permission to travel from Central Council at least 14 weeks in advance of their travel date. No Name Boxing Club must include the name of the tournament, the tournament invitation, the federation name, and the usual information about its travelling team. Central Council must then submit the request for permission to travel to IBA, and this must be received 12 weeks before intended travel. IBA will take either grant permission to No Name Boxing Club, and this will be communicated to the club through Central Council, or it will decline permission. IBA has stated that a lack of response 3 weeks after receiving the request is a denial of permission to travel. No Name Boxing Club should not make any travel arrangements until it has received permission. IBA has stated that it will require IABA to sanction No Name Boxing Club if it travels to this tournament without permission. IABA does not want to sanction No Name Boxing Club for competing without IBA permission, but will have to do so, according to IBA rules which govern IABA’s the IABA constitution.
Teams Travelling to Ireland:
If a club, squad or team from any other federation wishes to travel to compete in Ireland, they should not travel to that event without obtaining permission from the IBA through their home federation. It is the responsibility of event organisers to ensure that the visiting club, squad or team is in possession of IBA permission, and permission from their home federation.
No Name Boxing Club hosts an international tournament every year and, usually, teams travel from many countries to compete. Now, No Name Boxing Club will have to make sure that every team travelling from abroad to compete has permission from their home federation AND from IBA. If a team does not have IBA permission, and provide that permission in good time to No Name Boxing Club, that team must not compete in No Name Boxing Club’s tournament. If the team does compete, . IBA has stated that it will require IABA to sanction No Name Boxing Club if it allows clubs without IBA permission t compete in the tournament. IABA does not want to sanction No Name Boxing Club for allowing competition without IBA permission, but will have to do so, according to IBA rules, which govern IABA’s constitution.
Any clubs, county boards or provincial units with IABA permission in hand, but which require clarity on future travel plans and their compliance with IBA regulations should contact email@example.com.
IABA is aware of the development and competition hardship adhering to these IBA rules and regulations may cause to any team considering contesting abroad, or hosting a team here. The requirement for permission at IBA level is not negotiable from an IBA standpoint and, in keeping with the IABA constitution, must be upheld.
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