IABA President calls for Landlord leniency

IABA President Dominic O’Rourke has asked landlords to show patience when it comes to boxing clubs.

Two clubs, St Teresa and Tullow have this week confirmed they have been left homeless.

Bray outfit Teresa’s saw their rented premises sold while Tullow’s landlord wouldn’t agree to freeze rent for the lockdown period.

A host more are said to be struggling as they wait for August 10 to re open their doors.

As a result O’Rourke has called for landlord leniency in what is a difficult time for the sport and amateur clubs across the country.

“We’d be hoping that landlords would be a bit more flexible and patient with us until we get back,” said O’Rourke when speaking to Bernard O’Neill in the Irish Examiner.

“We’re not due back until August 10. That’s another two months or so away and other clubs are in trouble.

“We’re looking at the problems these two clubs (St Teresa’s BC and Tullow BC) are having to see if we can help them.

“We hope that landlords are more patient until we get back up and running.”

Jonny Stapleton

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