The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) President Mr Pat Ryan signed the HeadsUp! charter during his visit to AIBA Headquarters in Lausanne. Boxing is Ireland’s most successful Olympic Sport with 16 medalists won out of total 28 Olympic medals in the history of the country. A success due to the hard work undertaken by the National Federation since several years.

“The IABA operates in one of the world’s leading boxing nations and grassroots promotion of our sport is a crucial part of its success. We hope that the HeadsUp programme will help develop even more boxing in Ireland and entice the young population to put on the gloves even more “ claimed AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

“As IABA President I’m very satisfied to be able to bring our support to the AIBA HeadsUp! programme. We are already active in social activities and grassroots promotion of our sport with projects like The Start Box Initiative, a partnership between the IABA and Dublin City Council representing an ideal way to first engage with boxing through the communities of Dublin. 2,500 young people engage in StartBox each year and this is the very essence of HeadsUp, it’s a natural fit.” explained IABA President Pat Ryan.