Irish dance show Riverdance has said it will no longer sponsor competitions run by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha until an internal investigation into allegations of competition-fixing judges was completed.
The Irish Dance Commission (CLRG), which governs Irish dance in Ireland, has been at the center of a controversy over the past week over alleged cheating in competitions.
The allegations, first reported in The Irish Independent, are to be investigated by Michael Peart, a former judge at the Court of Appeal.
On Monday, a spokeswoman for Riverdance, the world-famous Irish dance show, said it would not sponsor further CLRG dance competition events until the investigation was complete.
The show had previously committed to taking out an ad in an upcoming competition later this month, the Great British Championships, before the recent allegations became public, a Riverdance spokeswoman said.
“When you take an ad you are linked to a specific age group in the competition,” the spokeswoman said.
Riverdance confirmed “that they will not consider placing further advertising with CLRG in the future until they know the outcome of the internal investigation,” she said.
The CLRG has said its ethics committee only received the allegations in July, along with supporting documentation.
In a statement last week, the organization said the allegations of “several serious breaches” of the Irish Dance Commission’s code of conduct would be investigated.
“Due to the potential scale of such allegations – and to ensure fairness, transparency and thoroughness – the services of an independent former judge of the Court of Appeals have been engaged to supervise and supervise the prima facie investigation of these cases,” it said that.
“They will have full and open access to CLRG resources and records. The process will no doubt be difficult and arduous, but this grossly unethical behavior must be eliminated from our competitions, dance schools and governing bodies.”
The organization said it would consider such violations “gross misconduct.”
“Any registered member found to be engaging in such practices will be subject to fair and full due process in accordance with our published disciplinary procedures, which can be found here,” it said.
“This process has already started and the principles of natural justice apply. To ensure the integrity of the process and until it is completed, no further comments will be made,” it said.