IABA responses: EGM questions from members.

IABA is sharing the responses to EGM related questions submitted to questions@iaba.ie or directly to staff – the responses are also being published on iaba.ie.

Many thanks to all clubs and club members for their questions.

From Brian Sutton, Arbour Hill BC: “Can the IABA stay with the International Boxing Association (IBA) and apply for associate membership of World Boxing (WB).”

As is proposed in the Motion, should clubs vote in favour, IABA intends to remain a member of IBA and apply for membership of World Boxing. Associate membership, such as that held by GB Boxing in light of the fact it is not a federation in the traditional sense, does not confer full voting rights.

From Liam Morely Brereton, St. Brigid’s Boxing Club, Edenderry: “On Saturday am I right in thinking it’s just a vote and there will be not debate – question answer on the two motions . Or will clubs be allowed to speak”

As was the case at both EGMs in 2022, and in accordance with Standing Orders, delegates attending the EGM on August 26th will have the opportunity to speak and to pose questions

From Nicolas White, Wexford County Board “I would just like clarification on a few things. The first is about the forum questionnaire, I have read the list of questions and the answers, and I was just wondering if on the day of the EGM meeting, can we ask for clarification on a few of the answers and also can we ask any questions that have come to mind after reading the questions and having had the time to digest them, and think of any new questions we want to ask?  Also I would like to know who gave the answers to the questions was it the Board of Directors or if not the Board who? Another question I would like to answer is in reference to Art OBrien being present at the WBO meeting who was he there representing, the Dublin County Board, the Board of Directors or the Lenster Council?I would also like to know who is phoning around the Dublin clubs and trying to influence the vote one way or another? Im very disappointed that this whole thing is being debated on Facebook and other social media platforms. As Chairman of the Wexford County Board, I am bitterly disappointed with the way the Lenster council elections are being run, I can’t see why Lenster could not run there own elections, if they were we wouldn’t be in the mess we are with them.”

There is no forum questionnaire, but you may be referring to the answers shared by IABA to questions posed by members. As was the case at both EGM in 2022, and in accordance with Standing Orders, delegates attending the EGM on August 26th will have the opportunity to speak and to pose questions. The answers to all questions posed by members are approved by the Chair of the Board of Directors. Art O’Brien is a member of the Board of Directors and sits on the Board of Directors as the Leinster Provincial Council nominee. Members may speak to one another on any matter they wish, and may share views and opinions on any matter they wish – it is up to individuals whether they find these views to be of value to them, and up to any individual member to decide if they wish to act on those views. Likewise, members may use any platform they wish to debate any matter they wish, be that social media or otherwise. Operation of elections to a provincial council are a matter separate to the EGM, and your views on this matter have been shared with the Board of Directors.

Ollie O’Neill, Paulstown BC: “If we join the world association will be allowed go to the Olympics”

5 Team Ireland boxers have already qualified for Paris. Their participation in the Paris 2024 Olympics is not in question. IABA will also participate in Paris 2024 World Qualifiers in March and May of 2024. The International Olympic Committee has affirmed that boxing is on the list of sports for LA 2028. World Boxing is working towards IOC recognition, with a view to running boxing at future Olympic Games. This means IABA, if a member of IOC approved World Boxing, can contest Olympic Games.

The purpose of this EGM is to consider two matters. A special resolution and separately a motion.

  1. A special resolution to amend the current constitution of the company so that we have more control over our operations without Constitutional restrictions.
  2. A motion to decide if we should also Affiliate with World Boxing.

That, subject to consent of the Revenue Commissioners, the Constitution of the Company in the redline tracked form attached and marked with the letters “C” be adopted as the revised agreed Constitution of the Company. 


 On 22nd June the IOC withdrew recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter and demonstrates the need for IABA to have the ability to affiliate with other international federations which is precluded by our current Constitution as adopted.

The Board recognises and appreciates the concerns expressed by a number of Members and wishes to reassure Members that the provision would only be utilised in circumstances where the IABA Board felt it was in the best interests of the organization, following a ballot of Members. The proposed special resolution is to amend the Constitution of the Company to allow it to place the promotion of boxing in Ireland uncoupled with obligations that are inconsistent and distinct with those objects which relate to any third-party body. 

The logic is to ensure that we are not restricted in our affiliations and that the members have more autonomy over this decision which currently has no flexibility in the Constitution as adopted.  


Does your club wish IABA to remain a member of the International Boxing Association (IBA) AND affiliate to World Boxing?


Should delegates at the EGM vote in favour of the resolution, the IABA will not resign from the IBA. Members are being asked if they wish the IABA to also join World Boxing. If delegates do not vote in favour of the resolution, IABA will not be able to join World Boxing because of restraints in the Constitution, regardless of the outcome of the vote on this motion.


Time: 12pm

Date: Saturday, August 26th

Location: The National Stadium, Dublin

Registration – Is available here and will close on August 23rd at 12pm.

Eligibility – All clubs who have submitted affiliations for the 2023/2024 season

Attendees: Eligible clubs may nominate any two adult members to attend as delegates – one to be a voting delegate, one to be a non-voting delegate. Delegates nominated by clubs must verified members – this means they must be included in the club’s affiliation application, through Blocworx, for the 2023/2024 season as members and be over the age of 18. *Please note, delegates will be required to present photographic identification (passport, drivers’ licence, etc) on the day of the EGM.  

 Any questions which your club might wish to raise at the EGM the resolution and the motion or any other matter, should be submitted in advance of the EGM, either by post care of The Company Secretary to The National Stadium, 145 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, or by email to questions@iaba.ie no later than Friday, August 18th at 5:00pm. This will facilitate us in providing the fullest response to any queries at the EGM. 

Notice of the Special Resolution for Extraordinary General Meeting

Tracked Draft Amended Constitution August 2023 which is “C” for the purposes of the Special Resolution.

November 2019 Filed Constitution

Notice of Motion for Extraordinary General Meeting

Agenda for EGM