Thursday 23 February 2017

It's a shame athletes' Olympic spirit can't seem to inspire many of those charged with running sport

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

Olympic Silver rowing medal winner, Annalise Murphy arriving home from Rio with her coach, Rory Fitzpatrick and her sports psychologist, Kate Kirby Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins
Olympic Silver rowing medal winner, Annalise Murphy arriving home from Rio with her coach, Rory Fitzpatrick and her sports psychologist, Kate Kirby Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Watching the healthy and joyful faces of Team Ireland arriving home to loved ones in Dublin Airport, it was impossible not to contrast their achievements with the tawdry allegations swirling around the allocation of Irish Olympic tickets.

All of them have steered clear of the media storm over the arrest of OCI President Pat Hickey in Rio and pending enquiries at home and in Brazil.

This distancing from the controversy may seem strange but it is not surprising. Elite athletes have a capacity to isolate themselves from wider issues.

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