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Why is it only sports people who are expected never to take drugs?

It's impossible to know if the athletes are clean, but that doesn't have to stop us enjoying the Olympics, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O’Hanlon

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

ACHIEVEMENT: Paddy Barnes leads the Irish team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Paul Gilham
ACHIEVEMENT: Paddy Barnes leads the Irish team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Paul Gilham

What can you say about the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on Friday night? The lights… the spectacle... the pomp and circumstance… it was just so… yeah, wasn't it?

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Look, I'll be honest, I didn't watch it. No doubt it was great if you were there, but watching the opening ceremonies of sporting occasions is like tuning in to TV coverage of St Patrick's Day parades. In other words, utterly pointless.

The Olympics is about the contest, not the camp; the real business began on Saturday with the actual events. The shooting, the water polo, the table tennis and archery - and true, many people probably won't watch those either, they'll wait for what Rory McIlory infamously called "the stuff that matters".

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