BFI appoints Irish great Bernard Dunne as director of high performance
New Delhi, October 18, 2022
Irish boxing legend Bernard Dunne, who has produced Olympic and world champions, is the new director of high performance of Indian boxing.
Dunne has joined the Indian team following a successful five-year stint with Irish Athletic Boxing Association, serving in the same position.
The 42-year-old has taken over the charge of the position which was left vacant after Santiago Nieva’s departure.
Indian boxers have produced brilliant performances in the last few years at prestigious events including World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“India has huge boxing talent and its boxers have been performing exceedingly well. It will be a great opportunity for me to work with them and contribute to their success. I’m very excited to join the team and take the standards of Indian boxing to a new high altogether,” said Dunne, who is also a renowned name in professional boxing, having won the WBA World Championship (2009) and the European Championship (2007).
Dunne led the Irish high-performance boxing team from 2017 to 2022 and under his leadership they performed at the highest level, winning European, World and Olympics gold medals. Dunne has stated that his goal is to perform similar work with the Boxing Federaton of India (BFI) and bring pride to the people of India through the performance of his teams.
Talking about the appointment of Dunne, BFI President Ajay Singh said: “ As a federation, we are focused on doing everything that is required for our boxers to bring glory to the country. Appointment of Bernard Dunne is a major boost to our aim of winning medals at the Paris Olympics. With the amount of experience and success he has under his belt, he is the perfect fit for this role. I’m sure Dunne will guide our boxers to the next level of performance.”
During Dunne’s tenure with Ireland’s team, Kellie Harrington emerged the Olympic champion in Tokyo as well as the world champion in 2018. He also guided Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke to gold medals at the last World Championships, and Aidan Walsh to bronze medal at the 2020 Olympic Games.
“Indian boxing has been on the rise and this is our effort in giving them an edge to win more and more medals at the international stage. Dunne is a big name in boxing and has helped boxers win medals at big stages. His presence will definitely motivate our boxers,” added BFI Secretary General Hemanta Kumar Kalita,.