Tuesday 6 December 2016

Legacy tarnished despite Hickey's own best efforts

Hickey is no stranger to legal wrangles and has taken on the country's leading media titles, writes Wayne O'Connor

Published 21/08/2016 | 02:30

'Now, Rio has become Hickey’s defining moment.' Photo: PA
'Now, Rio has become Hickey’s defining moment.' Photo: PA

The Celtic Tiger was just a young cub basking in the success of Michael Carruth's Barcelona gold medal win when it was earnestly proposed that Ireland could bid to host an Olympic Games.

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"I don't want the country to be the laughing stock of the world. In terms of facilities, we have zero percent in place at this moment," said Pat Hickey.

A bid to host the summer games would have cost the Government a fortune and Hickey was not afraid to dampen expectation. He claimed he was more interested in developing our sportsmen and women.

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