THE British Judo Association has agreed to pay Arthur Mapp, Britain's men's team manager at both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, pounds 4,000 in settlement of his claim to the industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal.
The settlement comes after months of turmoil within the association after the Olympics, a period which has seen the departure of all four coaches of the men's and women's teams.
Mapp, 39, who won a bronze medal himself at the Moscow Olympics, yesterday said he was content with the settlement but angered by an extraordinary press release in which the association's chairman, George Kerr, described the settlement as an 'ex gratia' payment 'in recognition of Mapp's services to the BJA'.
Mapp said: 'I feel vindicated by the settlement but I am astonished at the gall of George Kerr, who can try to hide it by calling it an ex gratia payment.'
The association faces another industrial tribunal case on 22 June when Roy Inman, the former manager of the British women's team, pursues his claim for constructive dismissal.
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LAST Saturday we reported that the British Judo Association had agreed to pay Arthur Mapp, Britain's men's team manager at both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, pounds 4,000 in settlement of his claim to an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal. The heading on that report was incorrect. The tribunal was not called upon to make a finding and did not make an award, the parties having reached a mutually acceptable settlement.Reuse content