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By AMANDA FALCONE, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
5:27 PM EST, March 9, 2012
The embattled Institute for International Sport and its executive director, Daniel Doyle Jr., will no longer be represented by the Rhode Island public relations firm owned by Doyle's brother.
"We are no longer representing Dan," said Beth Bailey, a staffer at RDW Group. "We believe that independent counsel would best serve his interests at this time."
Bailey said Friday that Advocacy Solutions, which has offices in both Providence and Boston, is now representing Doyle, a West Hartford resident, and the institute, a nonprofit organization that is dealing with financial problems.
The institute's home base is at the University of Rhode Island.
Doyle declined to comment Friday through Liz White of Advocacy Solutions.
RDW has issued several statements on behalf of both Doyle and the institute recently, including two press releases that include statements made by Michael Healy of Ireland. Healy told The Courant last week that he never made any of the statements attributed to him.
The press releases also referred to him as chairman of the institute's board of directors, a position Healy says he never held.
RDW has said Healy's statements did "appear to be an error," but said it was the information it was provided with at the time.
The Institute for International Sport runs programs for teenagers around the world, such as last year's World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit in West Hartford. Its financial problems include debt, failed real estate ventures and a government audit over its use of a $575,000 grant.
The audit report, which said the institute could not show how it spent the grant money, was forwarded to Rhode Island State Police. State police are now investigating the nonprofit's finances.
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