There are now significant leadership risks to the World Class Programme, so UK Sport will take steps necessary to ensure our elite athletes continue to be supported
AN Extraordinary General Meeting was held today (May 28) and passed a resolution tabled by Amateur Boxing Scotland to remove Derek Mapp as the chairman of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA), which runs the elite GB Boxing programme.
After the team’s success at London 2012 UK Sport had substantially increased the funding for GB Boxing but on the condition that governance issues had to be resolved. UK Sport, the funder, now considers matters to have deteriorated to an unacceptable level and has issued an ultimatum for specific governance issues with the BABA Board to be resolved by June 10 otherwise funding for the programme will be diverted to a Special Purpose Vehicle.
“UK Sport has, for some time been closely monitoring the relationship between the British Amateur Boxing Association and the other home country boxing associations. The priority must be to ensure that British boxers preparing for Rio are backed with world class support. Sadly some of the home nation boxing representatives seem to have lost sight of this,” said Liz Nicholl, the CEO of UK Sport.
“With Derek Mapp’s departure, there are now significant leadership risks to the World Class Programme, so UK Sport will take steps necessary to improve the governance of boxing to ensure our elite athletes continue to be supported on their journey to world class success.
“With matters within the BABA deteriorating to an unacceptable level, UK Sport, with unanimous approval from its Board, has issued BABA with an ultimatum to urgently address specific governance issues within the BABA Board. If these issues are not addressed by June 10, UK Sport will redirect investment from BABA and instead establish a Special Purpose Vehicle through which funding of the boxing World Class Performance Programme will flow in order to protect our elite athletes, until such time as these issues are resolved and we have the confidence to return the programme to the recognized British body.
“I would like to thank Derek for embracing the challenge of leading the British programme over its most successful period and achieving such outstanding results.”
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