BBC News - Stormont MLAs vote for NI amateur boxing association
Could the recent establishment of the breakaway (dissident if you will petunia) NIABA from the IABA be a blueprint for future secessions not only in sports but of a political nature? If sectarianism is used to once more carve up society, could we see secessions of towns/communities from councils/districts and even from counties? This is what's been invoked.
As for the reasons behind the establishment of a 'NI amateur boxing association', no doubt there was sectarianism, but as rightly pointed out in 'Stormont today' last night by SF, why has it only come to light now, following on the footsteps of Irish Olympic joy? Bitterness I presume. Many unionists have been Sport ministers and they didn't publicise the apparent "chronic" abuse, nor did they confront or try to sort it out. Very dubious.
Last night's Spotlight also did a programme on the Sandy Row boxing club 'sectarianism'.
BBC One - Spotlight
Ian McSorley comes across as a right bitter individual. As concluded by those on the programme, such a secession will entrench sectarianism and division. And the use of "parity" to point-score sectarianism and division is dangerous.
It'll come back and bite them.